The Site Visit Report
An Overview of the Documents
The documents that are posted here are as follows:
(1) The Site Visit Report, along with the Administration's summary.
(2) My Response to the Site Visit Report.
(3) A discussion of the question of why the Philosophy Department has
refrained from seriously criticizing the Site Visit Report. There I
describe the significant disagreement that exists within the Philosophy
Department over whether it would be wise to offer such criticism, and
the reasons that have been advanced for not doing so. Here it is very
important to note that there is disagreement about criticizing the Site
Report even amongst those—including some women— who regard the document
as deeply flawed.
The ongoing discussion of this question within the
Department was the reason that I delayed releasing, for several weeks, my own response to the Site Visit
(4) A document in which I, first of all, point out, very briefly, the
dearth of supporting facts in the Site Visit Report for the extremely
negative charges that are advanced there, and then, second, discuss why
the relevant facts have not been made public.
(5) The AAUP's "Report on CU’s Treatment of the Philosophy Department",
along with some media articles on the release of that statement,
together with the original minutes of the February 3, 2014, Executive
Committee Meeting of the Boulder Faculty Assembly, and the minutes as
revised after the retraction, under pressure, by Professor Brad Monton, of
critical comments he had made concerning the University Adminstration,
the Office of Discrimination and Harassment, and the Site Visit Report.
(6) Three brief responses to the Site Visit Report, two by members of the Philosophy Department, and one by a former student.
(7) Three external commentaries, two on the Site Visit Report, and one
on the Administration.
(8) A copy of the agreement between the site visit team and the
Philosophy Department, along with a document in which I argue that the
site visit team violated that agreement, in two ways. This is
accompanied by copies of my correspondence with two members of the site
visit team, namely, Professors Valerie Hardcastle and Peggy DesAutels,
and my correspondence with Amy Ferrer, the Executive Director of the
American Philosophical Association, together with the results of two
requests that I made under the Colorado Open Records Act. There is also
an Inside Higher Education article in which Peggy DesAutels is
described as still claiming, without offering any evidence at
all, and without saying when the supposed requests were made, and how,
that the site visit to the University of Colorado at Boulder was
requested not only by the Philosophy Department, but also by the Dean
and the Provost.
(9) A discussion concerned with the Office of Discrimination and
Harassment, along with, first of all, an article that is critical of
the Office of Discrimination and Harassment, and then, second, a
newspaper article about an issue that has recently arisen concerning
that office. I have also posted a letter that I received from that
office, dealing with any complaints that have been made against me
since I arrived at the University of Colorado in 1992.