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Tim Haresign, President


What follows are true shortened stories of situations that occurred at some of New Jersey’s State Colleges & Universities. This will become a regular feature of the Voice.

At a state college/university campus somewhere in New Jersey.....

The university administration scheduled a cohort of tenured faculty for their 5 year post-tenure review aka “A-328 review” a year too soon.  OK, mistakes are made.  So the local union brought it to the administration’s attention.

Guess what?   It took persistent complaining for over three weeks to convince the administration that they counted wrong and to correct the problem.  This wasn’t bad math.  It was bad arithmetic! 

Should it have taken the university administration over three weeks to correct a simple error?

You be the judge.

The university and local union settled a grievance over violations of the sabbatical procedure.  The University agreed to correct the violations and reconsider the faculty member’s application.  One of the violations consisted of the President notifying the faculty member that he made his determination not to grant the sabbatical after reviewing negative recommendations from the Provost and the Dean, when, in fact, neither of them are part of the process

Guess what?  Upon reconsideration, the President committed the exact same violation— once again in his letter refusing to grant the sabbatical he cited negative recommendations from levels of review that do not exist— and to make matter worse — he failed to cite the positive recommendation that the faculty member did receive from the peer committee.

Should that college/university President issue a public apology for his errors?

You be the judge.


What the what?

A professional staff member at one of NJ’s larger State universities works in Residence Life. He does not receive housing and because he cannot afford an apartment on his salary, he has an evening part-time job at a private college that does includes housing. He properly disclosed his outside employment to the Ethics officer and it was approved.

In his last performance review, he was criticized for an inaccuracy on a report that was a temporary assignment; in fact it was ordinarily one of his supervisor’s duties that was assigned to him while the supervisor was on an extended leave. The mistake was corrected without harm to the institution but a VP decided that his part-time employment was the reason for the mistake and wrote in her performance review that the pro staff member HAD to quit the outside employment or face non-reappointment!

Should the university be able to force a professional staff member to give up his other job because of errors that were unrelated to the outside employment?

You be the judge.