by Ian Bradshaw
President John T.
Casteen III is urging faculty members to teach the "unvarnished"
history of the University to students who might be unaware of the
states problems over the years integrating schools.
speaking to the Faculty
Senate Wednesday, addressed an incident in which two fraternities
hosted a Halloween party where three students wore "blackface"makeup.
He said the students committed no violations of law but displayed
ignorance of history and how the University community was built.
have an obligation to take an aggressive role in teaching the extent
to which how far we have come has been hard-earned and critical
to our success," he said.
stressed that a federal court order was needed to set aside state
statutes and integrate the University in the 1950s, and that this
took place in the era of massive resistance in the state to school
integration. He said in the recent incident, both the offended and
the aggrieved students were ignorant of this history, which he said
was only one generation removed from them.
is not a matter of preaching to the students, but bearing witness
to history," Casteen said.
While students on both sides of the Halloween incident did not seem
pitted against each other, Casteen said, black students can list
similar incidents over the past several years.
of these [incidents] have had to do with violations of law, but
they were violations of human dignity," he said.
also praised physics professor Louis Bloomfield for his actions
in uncovering plagiarism in his class. Bloomfield used a computer
program to detect plagiarism and filed honor code charges against
the offenders, resulting in 48 students being dismissed from the
University. The students Honor Committee recently announced
that all the cases have been resolved.
Professor Bloomfield and the Honor Committee did extraordinary service
to the community," Casteen said. "What we are celebrating
here is not cheating, but that the system works."
remarks were the first public comments he has made on the Bloomfield
case, which came to light in May 2001. He explained that he waited
until it was over because of the litigious atmosphere.
events may be a good reason to convene discussions between faculty
and the Honor Committee," he said, noting reluctance on the
part of some to avoid direct engagement in the student process.
was a lonely campaign for Bloomfield, but he performed a public
service in pursuing it," Casteen said.
two other matters, the Faculty Senate threw its weight behind a
tuition increase and called for more money to be used to help graduate
members backed a resolution, originally approved at the Assembly
of Professors, calling for a "phased and fair rise in tuition
fees," to Octobers level of "peer institutions such
as the University of Michigan," which charges more than $7,000
for in-state students. The U.Va. Board
of Visitors recently authorized a $385 surcharge for the spring
semester, bringing in-state undergraduate tuition and fees to $4,980.
increase, the resolution stated, should come directly to the University
instead of going to the state, with no further reductions in state
funding. Also, financial aid to students should be increased, and
the additional funds from the tuition hike should be apportioned
by the provost for the greatest impact on the core academic mission.
Some faculty members fear that the legislature will set tuition
caps, and others said the Board of Visitors needs to schedule tuition
hikes so families can budget.
another step, the Faculty Senate approved a report, written by a
committee of faculty and students, calling for more funding for
graduate students. Saying the graduate students are key to the University's
mission, the report seeks about $10 million a year to cover all
tuition for graduate students and provide stipends.
funds drawn from undergraduate tuition and the legislative appropriation
will need to be the foundation for graduate finance restructuring,"
the report stated.
65 percent of 3,300 graduate students pay higher out-of-state tuition,
which the report says puts U.Va. at a competitive disadvantage.
Senate members said research grants cannot be used toward tuition,
forcing the University to come up with $13,000 per graduate student
to underwrite the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuitions.
In-state graduate students pay $5,672 a year, while out-of-state
graduate students pay $18,760 for the 2002-03 school year (these
amounts do not include the surcharge, and rates are different for
Darden and the medical and law schools).
report also suggested targeting private donors among alumni with
doctoral degrees and in technology-based businesses.
need to build this into the [pending] capital campaign," said
Faculty Senate President Michael J. Smith. "Support for graduate
fellowships helps the whole university."
Ayers, dean of the College
of Arts & Sciences, said that while graduate funding should
be a high priority, faculty members should not depend on philanthropy.
$10 million shortfall will not come from donors," he said.
members discussed charging about $830 per undergraduate student
to generate the required money, which they said would be less than
current fees for athletics and other auxiliary enterprises.
recommended that Smith make the case to the Board for Visitors for
more graduate funding.
senate also endorsed a new master of public health degree, in response
to student demand and interest in such topics as bioterrorism and
ethics in the health care profession. The plan will now be presented
to the Board of Visitors. Smith said after the meeting that he hopes
it could be offered to students next fall in the Graduate School
of Arts & Sciences.
other business, Casteen warned of impending state budget revisions,
which he predicted will call for additional cuts of 1 to 2 percent
for the current fiscal year. Gov. Mark R. Warner is scheduled to
present a revised spending plan on Dec. 20. Casteen said the Board
of Visitors faces cutting operations or using the $6 million set-aside
fund originally earmarked for faculty retention and new initiatives.
He believes the board will choose to spend the set-aside fund to
close the gap.
said the legislature may also cut some special centers and "pass-through"
payments in the University budget, which could have a direct impact
on some ancillary programs, such as the State
Climatology Office. He said there also could be some long-term
changes in how education is funded.
said the University is a driving engine of the local economy and
must maintain momentum. About 2,500 jobs have been lost in the regional
current state budget problems come from poor planning, such as over-estimating
state revenues by about one-third, and from long-term problems that
have been building over years, Casteen said. He added that the proposed
tax increases on the ballot in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads
last month failed because people no longer trust the state to solve
problems with more tax money.