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LMU-AAUP Staff Solidarity Fund

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola Marymount University has chosen to furlough 230 of its staff. This will mean a significant hardship for many of them. In solidarity with these staff whose work is so crucial to our own, the Loyola Marymount University chapter of the American Association of University Professors is raising funds to help the staff who are most vulnerable because of the layoffs. This is a completely voluntary effort and is open to the public as well as members of LMU AAUP and the broader LMU community! As a personal gift, these contributions are not tax deductible; but any amount, not matter how small, is welcome and will be distributed to furloughed staff at LMU.  There are no shortage of ways you can help right now, but this is a way you can help right here at home. Please consider contributing.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/lmuaaup-staff-solidarity-fund

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AAUP Statement on Reopening Campus

The AAUP has provided some guidelines for re-opening campus, emphasizing that the health and safety of faculty, students, and staff must be primary in guiding university decisions about re-opening. You can find them here.

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Principles + Actions from Tenure for the Common Good

Tenure for the Common Good, a group that seeks to educate tenured faculty about casualization in higher education and organize the use of tenure for justice, has developed this sensible list of actions to protect contingent faculty workers, ranging from providing equitable technical support for transition to online teaching, to extending contracts, to establishing mutual aid sick-day banks. Check it out!

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CA-AAUP Welcomes LMU AAUP

Welcome LMU to the California Conference of the AAUP! You can check out the great work CA-AAUP is doing, and view our warm welcome from them, here.

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AAUP in the Age of COVID-19

As educators, we face a unique and daunting challenge together as we try to make a bridge in midair between the classroom experiences we crafted with our students on campus, and the distance learning we are crafting during this time of crisis. As faculty at Loyola Marymount, we have the added responsibility (alongside our fellow educators in the Associate Jesuit Colleges and Universities) to care for the whole persons of our students, and each other, during this time. Once the dust from the transition has settled, a number of faculty have questions and concerns about larger issues pertaining to changes in curriculum and methods of instruction, shared governance, and job security. The AAUP has developed several guidelines for the university in the age of the global coronavirus pandemic, rooted in the long tradition of shared governance and academic freedom the AAUP has developed. Here are some links to resources:

AAUP Principles and Standards for the COID-19 Crisis

The AAUP Statement on COVID-19 and the Faculty Role in Decisionmaking

The AFT and AAUP Joint Principles for Higher Education Response to COVID-19