Pettition for a Special Meeting of Council

We, the undersigned members of University Council, petition for a special meeting of University Council to be held at some time prior to the Stated Meeting of the University Board of Trustees on November 7th to discuss and vote on the following resolution:

Whereas Statutes of the Trustees have established University Council, and have empowered this body to "consider the activities of the University broadly in all of its phases[and] recommend general policies and otherwise advise the President, the Provost, and other officers of the University"; and

Whereas the Undergraduate Assembly (UA),and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) have been established by the Statutes of the Trustees to "discuss and express their views upon any manner they deem to be of general University interest, and to make resolutions and pass resolutions with respect theretodirectly to the President, the Provost and the Trustees"; and

Whereas GAPSA has passed resolutions recommending that the Trammell Crow contract not be approved, and a special committee be appointed by the Trustees to examine the consultative and decision making process at the University; and the UA is considering similar resolutions; and

Whereas both the employee organizations (Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA), and the A-3 Assembly) recognized by Council as the legitimate voices of thousands of University employees, have issued statement strongly critical of the Trammel Crow contract, and the Black Student League (BSL) and the African American Association of Faculty, Staff and Administrators (AAA) have also objected to this deal; and

Whereas University Council itself was not consulted on the decision to outsource facilities management, nor was provided sufficient time in which to independently assess the implications of this arrangement on the University "in all of its phases"; and

Whereas in December 1996, University Council requested that the administration report back to Council on many issues raised by* the Trammell Crow contract; and to date the administration has not done so;

Therefore:

University Council strongly recommends that the Trustees act in a manner wholly consistent with the resolutions of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, and the expressed views of the PPSA, A-3 Assembly, the BSL, and AAA.

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* Later clarified by Mr. Welte as "issues on downsizing and restructuring that relate to" the Trammell Crow contract. --Ed.


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