MERCED, CA — September 23, 2009 —Some members of the University of California faculty have called for a systemwide walkout by UC instructors on Thursday, Sept. 24, to protest the budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs and increased fees that have been implemented in response to the state's dramatic cuts in funding for the university. Their call for faculty to "walk out in defense of public education" has also drawn support from student organizations and at least one union.
UC Merced is committed to learning, teaching and serving the people of the San Joaquin Valley, California, the nation, and the world, through excellence in education, research and public service. In addition, we respect, support and value the civil and respectful expression of individual beliefs and opinions as stated in our Principles of Community.
We do not know how many UC Merced faculty members will choose to participate in the walkout. We believe the majority of classes will continue to take place, and departments will continue to serve students as done throughout the year. All employees are expected to report to work and meet their job obligations.
Those instructors who choose to participate in the walkout may offer options for their students to ensure that commitments outlined in the course syllabus are fulfilled.
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