Saint Louis U. Threatens Faculty With Copyright Suit Over Campus-Climate Survey

Saint Louis U. Threatens Faculty With Copyright Lawsuit Over Campus-Climate Survey 1

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The university has said that the campus AAUP chapter's version of a faculty survey would violate copyright law. The university's version of the survey asks just one question about its president, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi (pictured), even though faculty members voted no confidence in him last year.

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The university has said that the campus AAUP chapter's version of a faculty survey would violate copyright law. The university's version of the survey asks just one question about its president, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi (pictured), even though faculty members voted no confidence in him last year.

Efforts to measure the mood of Saint Louis University's faculty members might in fact have worsened it, as the administration has threatened a faculty leader with a copyright lawsuit if he circulates his own version of a survey about the campus climate.

The dispute stems from faculty members' dissatisfaction with climate surveys that the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees sent out last month to faculty members, students, and staff members. Although the board had the surveys