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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Monday, July 11, 2005
My commentary: unanswered questions
Posted 12:46 PM by Luke
On Sunday July 3, in a post on ILN I asked Vice Chancellor Plater to elaborate upon two assertions he made in his column in the Indianapolis Star, which I feel are misleading to the Indy law community-- namely, first that Professor Bradford is not eligible for tenure and second that he has not applied for tenure.

I also e-mailed him that day asking for a response. Yet to-date, ILN has received no response from him.

His failure to respond is particularly disheartening considering two facts. First, my reading of the Academic Handbook does not show any time length requirement for a professor to apply for tenure. Again, I ask: why is Professor Bradford ineligible for tenure? We, the students who have had him for class or might consider taking him in the future, have a right to know, or to know if that assertion is simply false.

Second, according to the text of a letter to Assistant Dean Allington which Professor Bradford sent to the law school listserve, he did signal his intent to apply for tenure, thus spurring the negative straw poll vote on Bradford's chances for being granted tenure.

The law school needs to publicly state in very certain terms the requirements for tenure, and the faculty members should publicly explain the reasons for their 'no' votes. Only through such a public reckoning may the tenure process cleanse itself of any political discrimination, if it is indeed present.

The students of IU Law-Indianapolis deserve leadership, and thus far they are not getting it.

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