Thursday, December 12, 2013
Inside Higher Ed, Roll Call:
A growing number of colleges are choosing to fingerprint new employee hires, including faculty members. But what about being fingerprinted every day, to make sure professors are on the job? That could be the new reality for faculty members in the City Colleges of Chicago system, and they are speaking out against the possibility.
“We say No: Our dignity and our rights have no price,” reads an open letter written by faculty union leaders and published Wednesday on the American Association of University Professors’ Academe blog and elsewhere. “We seek the support of our students, their families, and every citizen of Illinois who understands the severity of this violation of our privacy.”
Faculty, who call the fingerprinting plan impractical and unethical, also plan on protesting today at the system’s Board of Trustees meeting. ...
“It seems very Orwellian,” said Maria Jaskot-Inclan, a professor speech and theater at Wilbur Wright College and a member of its Faculty Council. She said the body has denounced the fingerprinting policy formally in meetings. “A lot of us going into education because we’re ethical and we want to serve, and a lot of us have a higher system of ethics. So it’s a shame that we have to be approached [in this way].” Moreover, she said, it’s quite obvious when a professor misses class. “The students will just scream,” she joked.