AAUP-CCU President Joseph Fitsanakis, and Vice President Allison Faix represented our chapter at the AAUP-SC Conference Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 20, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The meeting was well attended by representatives from every AAUP branch in the state (over 30 people), including the newest AAUP-SC chapter at Presbyterian College. The new executive board of the South Carolina state chapter was elected, with new officers, including Professor Shawn Smolen-Morton (Francis Marion University) as its new president. The treasurer’s report followed. No spending has occurred this year, due to the pandemic.
Arguably the most notable thing that came out of the meeting was the adoption of a statement produced by faculty at College of Charleston, which criticized the governor of South Carolina for unilaterally lifting COVID-19 restrictions, and urges him to authorize educational institutions to determine their own policy in regards to COVID-19 mitigation and safety measures. This document will be sent for endorsement by the Executive Committees of AAUP chapters across the state. It will then be disseminated to university presidents across the state, as well as to the state governor.