U. of Virginia Criticized Over Draft Guidelines for Trustees
August 4, 2014

Legislators and others are criticizing a draft policy under consideration by the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors that suggests that they should not publicly criticize decisions made by the board, The Washington Post reported. The draft distinguishes between debate before and after a decision is made. “After robust discussion of an issue, we strive to reach a consensus on the merits,” the draft says. “Visitors shall publicly support, or at the very least not openly oppose, the board’s action as a strong, visible consensus facilitates successful execution of policy and strategy.” Critics say that the policy is anti-democratic and anti-dissent. Others are criticizing the $200,000 paid to a consultant to help develop the policy. The board has been reviewing how it can function better in light of a governance crisis two years ago when board members attempted to oust the university president.


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