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UPDATE: IU school faculty call for Whitten and Shrivastav’s resignations, among other requests

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On Saturday, the Kelley School of Business faculty joined a number of IU school faculty voting for the removal or resignation of IU President Pamela Whitten and Provost Rahul Shrivastav along with a majority vote of ‘yes’ for other proposed resolutions. 

Over the course of the past week, multiple IU school faculties have come forward calling for the repeal of the new policy governing the use of Dunn Meadow, adopted by the ad hoc committee the day before the encampment began; the repeal of campus bans imposed on students faculty, staff and community members who were arrested for trespass due to violating said policy; and for the resignations of Whitten and Shrivastav. 

Some did not hold a vote, but instead released open letters expressing similar calls. Others released both a vote and released a letter. The Media School faculty, the Bloomington Faculty Council president Colin Johnson, the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology and the History Department condemned the handling of the encampment in Dunn Meadow with open letters. 

The Media School stated in their letter that the calling of Indiana State Police to arrest students and faculty is a reflection of the university’s shattered values. They also stated that armed police on campus rooftops is an endangerment to everyone. Similarly, the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department stated that the IU Administration’s action of changing a decades-old policy without input from the university’s community is deeply concerning. Bloomington Faculty Council President Colin Johnson also stated that the encampment was peaceful until ISP and IU Police were called to move into Dunn Meadow, criticizing Whitten and her administration’s actions.

Here are the results on proposed resolutions for schools who held votes: 

Dunn Meadow tent policy

These are the voting results of resolutions to repeal the policy banning structures in Dunn Meadow without prior approval, a policy change which was adopted by the ad hoc committee one day before the start of the encampment. 

Kelley School of Business (294 out of 389 faculty):

Yes: 238 (80.95%)

No: 39 (13.27%)

Abstain: 17 (5.78%)

College of Arts and Science (911 out of 1209 faculty):

Yes: 839 (92.1%) 

No: 38 (4.17%)

Abstain: 34 (3.73%)

History Department:

Yes: 39 (95.12%)  

No: 1 (2.44%)  

Abstain: 1 (2.44%)

Paul H. O’Neill School of Public Environmental Affairs:

Yes: 56 (93.33%)

No: 1 (1.67%)

Abstain: 3 (5%)

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering (both to revoke the policy and bans):

Yes: 97 (92.38%)

No: 6 (5.71%)

Abstain: 2 (1.9%)

Jacobs School of Music (124 out of 163 faculty):

Yes: 108 (87.1%)

No: 6 (4.84%)

Abstain: 10 (8.1%)

Bloomington Library Faculty:

Yes: 80 (97.56%)

No: 1 (1.22%)

Abstain: 1 (1.22%)

School of Education: 

Yes: 94 (85.45%)

No: 7 (6.36%)

Abstain: 9 (8.18%)

Maurer School of Law (to revoke the policy and bans and the removal of Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 41 (91.11%)

No: 2 (4.44%)

Abstain: 2 (4.44%)

IU-South Bend Academic Senate

No vote regarding this resolution.

Campus bans

These are the voting results of resolutions to repeal the campus bans imposed on students, faculty, staff and community members who have been arrested for violating the changed policy.

Kelley School of Business (294 out of 389 faculty):

Yes: 240 (81.63%)

No: 32 (10.88%)

Abstain: 22 (7.48%)

College of Arts and Sciences  (911 out of 1209 faculty):

Yes: 851 (93.41%)

No: 35 (3.84%)

Abstain: 25 (2.74%)

History Department:

Yes: 40 (97.56%)

No: 1 (2.44%)

Paul H. O’Neill School of Public Environmental Affairs:

Yes: 45 (83.33%)

No: 3 (5.56%)

Abstain: 6 (11.11%)

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering (both to revoke the policy and bans):

Yes: 97 (92.38%)

No: 6 (5.71%)

Abstain: 2 (1.9%)

Jacobs School of Music: (124 out of 163 faculty, 76.07%)

Yes: 112 (90.32%)

No: 7  (5.65%)

Abstain: 5 (4.03%)

Bloomington Library Faculty:

Yes: 79 (96.34%)

No: 1 (1.22%)

Abstain: 2 (2.44%)

School of Education: 

Yea: 105 (95.45%)

No: 3 (2.73%)

Abstain: 2 (1.82%)

Maurer School of Law (to revoke the policy and bans and the removal of Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 41 (91.11%)

No: 2 (4.44%)

Abstain: 2 (4.44%)

IU-South Bend Academic Senate

Yes: 118 (83.69%)

No: 16 (11.35%)

Abstain: 7 (4.96%)

Shrivastav’s removal/resignation

These are the voting results of faculty calling for the termination or resignation of Provost Shrivastav based on the vote of no confidence and his handling of events in Dunn Meadow.

Kelley School of Business (294 out of 389 faculty): 

Yes: 215 (73.13%)

No: 40 (13.6%)

Abstain: 39 (13.27%)

College of Arts and Sciences (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav, 911 out of 1209 faculty):

Yes: 783 (86%)

No: 54 (5.93%)

Abstain: 73 (8.01%)

History Department (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 35 (85.37%) 

No: 4 (9.76%)

Abstain: 2 (4.88%)

Paul H. O’Neill School of Public Environmental Affairs:

No vote regarding this resolution. 

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 76 (72.38%)

No: 11 (10.48%)

Abstain: 18 (17.14%)

Jacobs School of Music (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav, 124 out of 163 faculty)

Yes: 92 (74.19%)

No: 11 (8.87%)

Abstain: 21 (16.94%)

Bloomington Library Faculty (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 73 (89.02%)

No: 2 (2.44%)

Abstain: 7 (8.54%)

School of Education (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav): 

Yes: 78 (84.78%)

No: 7 (7.6%)

Abstain: 7 (7.6%)

Maurer School of Law (to revoke the policy and bans and the removal of Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 41 (91.11%)

No: 2 (4.44%)

Abstain: 2 (4.44%)

IU-South Bend Academic Senate

No vote regarding this resolution.

Whitten’s removal/resignation

These are the voting results of faculty calling for the termination or resignation of President Whitten based on the vote of no confidence and her handling of events in Dunn Meadow.

Kelley School of Business (294 out of 389 faculty): 

Yes: 227 (77.21%)

No: 32 (10.88%)

Abstain: 35 (11.9%)

College of Arts and Sciences (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav, 911 out of 1209 faculty):

Yes: 783 (86%)

No: 54 (5.93%)

Abstain: 73 (8.01%)

History Department (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 35 (85.37%)

No: 4 (9.76%)

Abstain: 2 (4.88%)

Paul H. O’Neill School of Public Environmental Affairs:

No vote regarding this resolution 

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 76 (72.38%)

No: 11 (10.48%)

Abstain: 18 (17.14%)

Jacobs School of Music: (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav, 124 out of 163 faculty, 76.07%) 

Yes: 92 (74.19%)

No: 11 (8.87%)

Abstain: 21 (16.94%)

Bloomington Library Faculty (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 73 (89.02%)

No: 2 (2.44%)

Abstain: 7 (8.54%)

School of Education (on removal of both Whitten and Shrivastav): 

Yes: 78 (84.78%)

No: 7 (7.6%)

Abstain: 7 (7.6%)

Maurer School of Law (to revoke the policy and bans and the removal of Whitten and Shrivastav):

Yes: 41 (91.11%)

No: 2 (4.44%)

Abstain: 2 (4.44%)

IU-South Bend Academic Senate

Yes: 104 (73.76%)

No: 21 (14.89%)

Abstain: 16(11.35%)

Individual Proposals: votes that are not mentioned in the proposed resolutions of other schools

Bloomington Library Faculty: 

The Bloomington Library Faculty publicly affirms the university's commitment to uphold free expression for all members of the campus community, including the right to peaceful protest and dissent, even on controversial topics.

Yes: 81 (98.78%)

No: 1 (1.22%)

The Bloomington Library Faculty condemns the use of violence and excessive force against our own IU community members.

Yes: 81 (98.78%) 

Abstain: 1 (1.22%)

History Department: 

The History Department faculty demands that the President and Provost demilitarize Dunn Meadow and allow it to immediately resume its function as a free-speech zone.

Yes: 40 (97.56%)

No: 1 (2.44%)

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include additional votes by the School of Education faculty released on May 7, 2024 and the IU-South Bend Academic Senate on May 15, 2024.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to clarify Indiana State Police arrested protesters in Dunn Meadow, and IU Police moved in on Dunn Meadow during the arrests.

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