More Board Turmoil at College of DuPage, as Faculty Bridles Over Proposals

November 24, 2008

Faculty members and students at the College of DuPage, a large community college in suburban Chicago, are protesting a list of 230 policy changes proposed by the Board of Trustees, reports the Naperville Sun. The policies would give trustees more power over curricular, governance, and hiring decisions at the college. Also included is the “academic bill of rights” pushed by David Horowitz, a proposal that many faculty members view as an encroachment on their authority.

Controversy over the policies, which are still being considered by the trustees, is the latest development in a tense year for the board. In May trustees abruptly removed as president Sunil Chand, and news broke last month that the board’s chairman, Michael E. McKinnon, had filed a defamation lawsuit against three women who had alleged that Mr. McKinnon sexually harassed them during their time as trustees. —Paul Fain