Administrative Run-around & Bullying
When professors and students ask for data or information that the administration doesn’t want to share, they are met with the classic run-around. When they continue to request the information, the administration resorts to name-calling the requestor “a bully”.
- In February 2014, when the PCC President spoke at the School of Humanities faculty meeting, when faculty asked poignant and relevant questions and requested the data, he gave vague answers to “come see him in his office”. The next day, the Dean sent a reprimanding email to her faculty for not “warmly welcoming” President Mark Rocha in the meeting. Watch the full un-cut video of the meeting.
- In Spring 2014, when a professor requested a record of all newly hired full-time PCC employees and their positions since 2010, the administration first wanted to meet with her, which she did; then promised her the information, which she never got. In weeks that followed, she followed up with email requests but in the process, she was called a bully. See the email communications, the transcript of the meeting and the professor’s speech to the Academic Senate.
Vice President Bob Miller: “I have reached my level of patience with you and I will not be bullied or disrespected. This is not how professionals and colleagues treat one another and I will not tolerate it. ” (Feb. 20, 2014)
Professor Delman: “I am not bullying you. I am asking for a direct response to a question. If you cannot answer it, to whom should I direct my question? Is there anyone in the administration who can answer this question?” (Feb.20, 2014)
- In March 2014, President Mark Rocha called a professor “crazy” because she expressed her freedom of speech by writing her disapproval to the Board of Trustees about the fact that certain public meetings (CAPM) were violating the Brown Act because they had been held as closed door meetings for years. (Yikes!) Read the Courier article, her letter/speech to the Board of Trustees and the speech to the Academic Senate.
- In April 2014, a student working on a term paper requested information from the campus information reporting office and got the run-around. See the timeline of events.
Sexual harassment charges against PCC’s legal counsel and unfair treatment
Ms. Cooper, PCC’s General Counsel, is accused of sexual harassment and retaliation of a former staff member. President Rocha is also named as a plaintiff. The trial was in Spring 2014 but was dismissed by the plaintiff’s lawyers.
- Read the official court document here: L.A. Superior Court Case – Rocha and Cooper
- Courier Oct. 15, 2013 article “Contractor Lawsuit…” (Read the response from Hutchings’ lawyer!)
- Courier Oct. 3, 2014 article “Former VP files lawsuit against District”
Faculty abuse and intimidation – Mark McQueen – Fall 2013
Professor Mark McQueen was put on administrative from Oct. 31, 2013 until the end of the semester because a student acted innapropiately by approaching the professor in a threatening manner during class in front of other students. Despite the student immediately apologizing to him, the administration acted prematurely by placing the professor on immediate leave and banishment from the campus. 1735 people signed a petition to reinstate Professor McQueen. Watch NBC news story, aired Nov. 13, 2013. After a campus private investigation lasting over a month, the professor was found innocent and could return to campus. Meanwhile the student had been unfairly allowed to remain in the class for the duration of the semester.
[Roger] Marheine said. “I am shocked that the Administration would be so callous and unprofessional in its abuse of a faculty member in good standing. Courier article, November 20, 2013 “
Intimidation/Censorship of Journalist Ari Noonan- Fall 2013
PCC’s General Counsel Gail Cooper, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, sent a letter to the author of “PCC Board Says It Does Not Care What the Public Thinks of Rocha” of The Front Page Online, imploring him to essentially censor his article as, allegedly, “the continued publication of this comment is detrimental to Pasadena City College.”
- Read Gail Cooper’s text here: Cooper letter to Noonan_Oct 7_2013
- Journalist’s follow-up article here: The Latest PCC Protest Hits Home
- Letter to the Editor: Exposing Secrets Inside Pasadena City College Family
Intimidation of Faculty Academic Senate – all Senators – Spring 2013
On April 1, 2013, Dustin Hanvey, then Senate President, procured a letter from General Counsel after he and all Senators had been informed by another senator that she intended to add an item as an emergency to that day’s agenda, one that President Hanvey decided not to include. The item was to consider a Senate resolution to a Vote of No Confidence for the PCC President. President Hanvey was asked to read the letter. In her letter, Ms. Cooper clearly warned the faculty senators that they could NOT put the item on the agenda, and it falsely stated that the Brown Act would be violated. In fact, the senator had followed Brown Act procedure, and despite being cautiously reminded by both the then-Senate Vice President and President that the meeting was being recorded (no other Senate meetings had been recorded that year), the Senate voted, to place the item on the agenda for discussion, and eventually voted No Confidence for the President of PCC (24 yays, 1 abstention, 0 Noes).
Watch Senate video here for reading of the letter (minute 45)
“What exactly are we afraid OF?” – Senator Eduardo Cairo (minute 38)
Intimidation of English Professor Roger Marheine – Fall 2012
Highlights from Professor Marheine’s Nov. 21, 2012 letter
… faculty received a memo from administration which makes null and void a critical part of Shared Governance. We are being told that our class sizes are to be increased to solve the FTES crisis. Faculty are being punished because of mismanagement of the college calendar which now hinders any viable solution. As a thirty-year faculty member, I urge you to reinstate Winter Session 2013. If Santa Monica College can provide Winter session classes for 10,000 students, why can’t we do the same? Winter 2013 needs to be reinstated immediately to resolve the FTES crisis. Many feel that the Board and Administration are waging war on the faculty and students. Faculty are asking what have we done to warrant such actions that curtail the meaningful functioning of the college….We are PCC. We deserve better. We are at a leadership moment. We need visionary leadership that responds to Shared Governance committee input. We need confidence in your leadership at this moment of crisis.
Highlights from Gail Cooper
Your “open letter” to the Trustees was far more than that; you distributed this letter campus-wide….You call the elimination of Winter intersession a “crisis” and “mismanagement” when in fact, the faculty and students are prepared to start Spring semester on January 7, 2012. All faculty who have raised any individual issues with the start date have been accommodated notwithstanding PCCFA’s failure to represent them with respect thereto. The students who have raised any issues with scheduling have also been accommodated. [Oh really?!? What about the 200+ students that administration had to bail out at the last minute in June 2013?] In the wake of Proposition 30’s success, and in compliance with the law, the Administration is planning to add many sections for spring and summer. The college will meet and earn its state-assigned FTES apportionment…. We echo President Baum’s admonishment to you: Any issues you wish to raise need to be addressed to the District’s negotiating team.
Highlights from Concerned Faculty (signed by 70 professors)
In your letter to Professor Marheine, not only is the tone of your letter condescending but also the assumptions you made are unfair to faculty. … We should hope that other faculty who are equally disturbed by your letter respond as they feel fit, but don’t take their silence as apathy. The hostile work conditions fueled by letters such as yours and the administration’s bullying, along with the complete disregard for faculty, staff and students, resonate throughout every classroom and office and only perpetuate an environment of anger and distrust.
Intimidation of PCC from outside group – Spring 2013
In General Counsel’s Oct. 7, 2013 letter, she refers to a group of “prominent members of the Pasadena area community” – a group made up of trustees, council people and real estate investors yet only includes one former PCC student – and him dating back to the Class of 1958. This group resorts to scare tactics and fallacious arguments, as seen in a full-page ad they took out in a local paper: An open letter to PCC Trustees (May 2, 2013) as a response to the President’s Votes of No Confidence. Scapegoating is Faulty Reasoning and Unconscionable!