The University of Tennessee adopts the principles of shared governance enunciated in the 1966 "Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities." Faculty and administrators should cooperate to ensure that those principles are clearly articulated in Faculty Handbooks and other university documents.
The University of Tennessee adopts the criteria enunciated by the American Association of University Professors for discontinuation of programs or departments of instruction, namely that such decisions should be based essentially upon educational considerations as determined primarily by the faculty. Faculty and administrators should cooperate to ensure that these criteria are clearly articulated in Faculty Handbooks and other university documents.
In order to restore confidence and good order, the UTK Faculty Senate reiterates its call for a Board-directed investigation of the decision to terminate the pediatric residency program at the UT Medical Center at Knoxville. The investigating committee should be constituted and charged as stated in the Senate's resolution on March 6.
The UTK Faculty Senate respectfully requests that the Board-directed investigation of the decision to terminate the pediatric residency program take all necessary measures to make whole the current and previous residents and interns in the program who may have been harmed. And we request that those medical school seniors who came to Knoxville to be interviewed for the residency class of 2003 be contacted, offered an apology, and invited to submit a list of travel expenses for 100% reimbursement.