for Reporting Ethical Violations
FYI: Those last few sentences, along with the two paragraphs preceding them, are the kinds of things that my Dean forbade me to discuss in my classes with Film Studies graduate students. Along with questions about the limitations of feminist theory and ideological analysis and multicultural understandings of the artistic canon and critiques of almost any popular critical theory or intellectual tradition. He told me it only "upset" and "confused" the students to raise "controversial" issues like this in class, to ask these kinds of questions, and that that was bad for "morale." It made students "unhappy" and my goal, in his weird and perverted vision of it, should be to keep my students "happy." My current Dean made a very similar argument about why I shouldn't tell my students the truth about the job situation for film majors. That too -- telling them the truth -- might be bad for morale and make them unhappy. So, according to both Deans, I am supposed to--really ordered to, in fact--lie to them. Or at least avoid the truth--which is just another way of lying to them. See what I'm up against at BU? See how BU Deans think? Oh, and I should add, the Dean did it--telling me, ordering me not to discuss certain things in class--in front of a BU lawyer who had been brought into the meeting where I was being upbraided for raising such issues in class, a lawyer brought in, no doubt, to act as a kind of thuggish intimidator to scare me into compliance with the Dean's instructions, and, get this, the lawyer backed him up on this idea. The lawyer didn't tell him it was a complete violation of academic freedom for him to say this to me, to try to censor my ideas and muzzle what I said and did in class. The lawyer supported his view. That's the kind of lawyers BU has on its staff. Devoted to supporting Deans in their attempts to muzzle their faculty members. So that should give you an idea of how intellectually bankrupt this institution is. But they stick together, the administrators and the lawyers. No one dares to correct them or deviate from their policies: The Boston University Hollow Men -- and Women -- Heads Filled With Straw Leaning Together. And the University Provost and President (Robert Brown) let it all go on. Hear no evil; see no evil; know no evil. That's their motto.
With respect to your final questions: you have to keep in mind that you’re talking about reports I’ve written and meetings I’ve held with administrators—and retaliatory actions taken against me for having reported the things I have—for more than ten years. I just can’t summarize the issues—or the things I’ve said and written—in an email. The list of unprofessional and unethical conduct I’ve observed and reported is just too long. Read the blog pages I posted in the Spring of 2013. A lot of the issues are described in the headings and documents I reprint there. Those documents don’t just summarize the reports I have written to Boston University administrators, many of them are the reports I have written. I sent them to my Chairman, my Dean, the Provost, the university President, and even in the end when I didn’t get a response from anyone else, to the university Ombuds. Of course I’ve written dozens of other reports, which cover other issues too, and held dozens of meetings with administrators (where the only response I got was to be yelled at and called names for having submitted them), but those blog pages are the answer to your question. Those are the reports that have gotten me into trouble—and dozens of others similar to them. And if you don’t understand how merely writing a report, sending someone a memo can get my pay cut, my classes reassigned to unsuitable classrooms, my evaluations lowered, my web site shut down, you don’t understand the culture of Boston University. That’s the way this place is. It’s the way many for-profit corporations also are. They don’t like to have problems pointed out to them—especially when the person the problem is being reported to is involved in it.
"Inside Boston University—A Faculty Member's Efforts to Defend
Academic Freedom of Expression"
Ray Carney's observations about academic freedom of expression, the
censorship of faculty publications, and bureaucratic retaliation
against independent-minded faculty members at Boston University. Prof.
Carney reflects on the deleterious effect of corporate modes of
organization, business measures of value, and market pressures on the
life of the mind, academic research, and course offerings—and on the
distortions corporate values introduce into the faculty promotion,
pay, and support system.
Ray Carney is the author or editor of: Henry Adams, Mount Saint Michel
and Chartres (Viking Penguin), Henry James, What Maisie Knew and The
Spoils of Poynton (New American Library/Signet), Rudyard Kipling, Kim
(New American Library); The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism,
Modernism and the Movies (Cambridge University Press); The Films of
Mike Leigh: Embracing the World (Cambridge University Press); Speaking
the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer (Cambridge University
Press); American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra (Cambridge
University Press); American Dreaming (University of California Press
at Berkeley); Shadows (British Film Institute/Macmillan); Cassavetes
on Cassavetes (Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus); Autoportraits (Cahiers
du cinema), The Adventure of Insecurity; Necessary Experiences; Why
Art Matters; and other books, essays, and editions, published in more
than ten languages.