Rutgers Faculty Union Urges Inquiry Into Football Coach

September 10, 2015

The faculty union at Rutgers University on Wednesday urged the university to investigate whether its football coach, Kyle Flood, intimidated and bullied instructors while communicating with them about the grades of football players. Rutgers is already investigating whether Flood violated university policy when he allegedly contacted a part-time lecturer about an F grade that was assigned to a player. That player was declared academically ineligible in the spring and was recently dismissed from the team after being charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit riot.

"The Executive Council of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT full-time faculty union urges the university to carry out an investigation that includes all possible communications between Coach Kyle Flood and the instructors of football players, with particular attention to possible intimidation or bullying of vulnerable, contingent faculty," the faculty members stated in their resolution. "All instructors are entitled to academic freedom in research and teaching, including in the assessment of students’ work. Academic freedom is an essential component of quality higher education and the freedom for faculty members to assess students’ work without external pressure is an essential component of academic freedom."

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