List of #UnKoch and Transparency Demands for John Thrasher
In an effort to bring Academic Freedom Back to Life: We DEMAND:
LIST OF DEMANDS for JOHN THRASHER
WHEREAS the Charles Koch Foundation has corrupt contracts (2008 and 2013) with Florida State University’s Department of Economics that give them power over faculty hire, graduate assistant hire and curriculum control, and
WHEREAS these contracts are in direct violation of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure and the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and
WHEREAS the Florida State University’s “Policy on Academic Freedom” cites AAUP’s 1940 Statement on the Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure and adheres to the concepts outlined by AAUP, and
WHEREAS the 2008 Koch contract with the FSU Department of Economics was established as a violation of academic freedom by former AAUP President Cary Nelson, and
WHEREAS Koch affiliates (including, but not exclusive to, American Legislative Exchange Council and Americans for Prosperity) have advocated legislation that restricts transparency between university foundations and private donors essentially hiding the public’s access to the creation of further corrupt Koch-FSU contracts, and
WHEREAS Koch Industries, Inc., and its Koch funded affiliates (including, but not exclusive to, American Legislative Exchange Council and Americans for Prosperity), have collaborated with politicians and Florida State University’s administration to exert further influence over Florida State University’s institutional governance by installing Koch affiliates within FSU’s administration at the highest levels, and
WHEREAS the National Education Association has stated that “Money for influence is the Koch’s stock-in-trade” and “their political agenda is clear: It’s about promoting the interests of the 1 percent” through “attacks on academic freedom on university campuses,” and
WHEREAS Florida State University states that academic freedom and tenure are linked and are essential to teaching and learning, and
WHEREAS the Koch affiliate group American Legislative Exchange Council has promoted legislation that limits faculty’s academic freedom and tenure in the “Academic Bill of Rights”, and
WHEREAS the administration of Florida State University has failed to rectify the threats to academic freedom inherent in the continued relationship with the Charles Koch Foundation and all Koch affiliated groups and individuals.
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, acknowledge in a public statement that you have accepted Koch funding and admit that you lied to students about your Koch funding on September 15, 2014, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, acknowledge that Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) contracts violate academic freedom, and that the 2008 contract with FSU’s Department of Economics is a specific threat to academic freedom, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, publicly renounce the Charles Koch Foundation for the signing of corrupt contracts with Florida State University and that you make a good faith gesture of returning the Koch funding you have received, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, agree to donor disclosure, review, and investigation and that you work to create policies as well as ethics and transparency boards within Florida State University and the State of Florida that will guard academic freedom. These policies and boards will be created so that the community and public can rest assured that FSU is not being unduly influenced by private interests, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, create and support transparency policies that make all gifts, grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements between Florida State University, and the FSU Foundation, accessible to the public, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, create a review process, with a student/faculty majority, to assure that all existing and future private donor contracts are in line with AAUP and Florida State University’s policies and statements on academic freedom, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, reject any future agreements with the Charles Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, Inc., and their affiliate non-profits, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, will commission a Faculty Senate investigation into Koch conflicts of interest and the circumstances leading to the authorization of the 2013 contract. This will include an investigation of the administration’s failure to follow through with Faculty Senate and presidential recommendations following the Faculty Senate investigation into the original 2008 Koch contract, and
WE DEMAND, that you, John Thrasher, reject the current FSU contracts with the Charles Koch Foundation and create the processes that will dismantle and destroy those contracts.
FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the students of Florida State University defending academic freedom and transparency, WILL NOT recognize you as the President of Florida State University until you accept these demands.