Duke Celebration Violated Agreement

April 9, 2010

When Duke University held a celebration of its basketball team's championship Monday afternoon, the university broke an agreement made with faculty members not to hold such events during class times, The New York Times reported. In 2006, the university agreed to hold such events only in the evenings. The provost, Peter Lange, told the Times that "there was a planning meeting, and someone at the meeting was assigned to check in with me about whether there was an agreement. That person never got in touch with me.” Lange said that any future agreements would abide by the agreement. Richard Hain, a mathematics professor who had pushed for the agreement, said: “How can somebody schedule a major event that wipes out basically all undergraduate classes the whole afternoon, without talking to the provost?”

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