12/7/2014: Senate Task Force on Academic Integrity takes swift action to revoke Blandy/Altmann/Baskin strike grading diktats:
Now wouldn’t it have been better to involve the Senate from the start, instead of trying to do this in secret?
After months of confusing flip-flops from the UO administration, the Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to establish its own Task Force on Academic Integrity to investigate faculty grading options during the GTFF strike. Four days later the TAIF, consisting of Ron Bramhall (Business), Joe Lowndes (Poli Sci) and Frances White (Anthropology), has met with administrators and has issued its report, which is now posted on the Senate website, here.
The gist, which I believe the administration has agreed to, is that faculty are back in charge or grading – not administrators – and that the X grade is a viable option, although as the report notes this may cause a lot of administrative headaches involving financial aid (and may prevent a few football players from participating in the Rose Bowl championship semi-finals, etc., although as a tweeter notes there is an NCAA waiver policy, here.):
Or, I suppose, you can do what Senior VP for Academic Affairs Doug Blandy does, and just give out a bunch of A’s: