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SEC discusses Appropriate Use Policy, research budget cuts

By Christin Watkins

FIRE aims “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities,” according to their website. The AUP works to maintain appropriate use of University computers and network systems, according to their website.

http://cs.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/files2/aup_easy_guide.pdfWhile these letters have been acknowledged, the committee does not plan to respond to them individually.

“Our proliferation of these statements in defense of academic freedom [is that] they’re all good, but I don’t feel we need to sign on to every one of them,” he said.

O’Brien doesn’t believe action should be taken to make changes to any of these policies.

“We don’t think we need to do anything in relation to it,” he said. “We already have strong language in our statutes and AUP policy is clear on this. I think we can just file this and move on.”

Progressing to a new agenda item, SEC member Peter Schiffer said the University’s Center for Advanced Study (CAS) plans to reduce the number of staff they have, but it does not plan to change how the programs are administered.

Programs held by CAS include “a series of speakers from on and off campus, a symposium or conference as well as a faculty and graduate student seminar in the spring semester,” according to their website.

http://cas.illinois.edu/events/He estimated that the total cost of the staff and programs is between $400,000 and $500,000.

“To my mind, that is too much” Schiffer said.

In order to limit costs, CAS will reduce the number of staff members, and current faculty will take on these staff members’ duties, he said.

This should allocate more funding for academic programs, while giving less to administration, he said.

“This is an administrative budget decision, not an academic decision,” he said.

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