As of April 3, 2018 the letter now has 342 signatures, including 103 faculty, 43 staff, 99 alumni, 85 students, and 12 community members. Thanks to all that have lent their support!
For a downloadable PDF of the letter, click here.
Visit speakupsewanee.com for more information on students’ response to this decision.
Thanks to all who spoke out about this decision, the University has made progress toward addressing and rectifying their initial decision not to revoke Rose’s honorary degree. On February 27th, Vice-Chancellor John McCardell released this statement:
“Dear Members of the University Community,
The University Senate is, according to the Ordinances of the University of the South, “composed of the Vice-Chancellor as Chair, the Provost, the Deans, all full professors in all departments, and the Chaplain of the University.” The Senate, among other responsibilities stated in the Ordinances, “shall have power to originate and discuss any proposal necessary for the good government, academic proficiency, repute, and common weal of the University, which they may think expedient to lay before the Board of Regents.” The Senate also “shall approve all candidates for honorary degrees.”
At its meeting on February 26, 2018, the Senate acted on a slate of nominees for honorary degrees as recommended by the Joint Regent-Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees. The Senate unanimously passed a motion to instruct the Honorary Degree Committee faculty members to draft procedures for reconsideration of a granted honorary degree. These procedures will then be taken to the Joint Regent-Senate Committee for discussion and eventual action.
As a result, there will be a process, where none had existed, for the orderly review of an honorary degree once awarded. The Ordinances of the University currently state that “recipients of all honorary degrees must be approved by the Board of Regents.” For this reason, any new, or revised, process for the granting or the reconsideration of honorary degrees will ultimately require the approval of the Board of Regents. The Senate members of the Honorary Degree Committee will work to ensure that the views of the faculty are solicited and communicated in the course of their work.
The Senate also passed unanimously an advisory motion to rescind immediately the honorary degree awarded to Charlie Rose. This motion will be communicated to the Board of Regents.”
Thanks once again to all who have spoken up in support of revoking Rose’s degree!