Due Process for Graduate Students

A year ago, we argued for Due Process
in every aspect of the university, and today, we are delighted to
support the same sort of “due process” for graduate students as
demanded by the AAUP:

Imagine the following scene:
graduate students arrive for their first semester at a major Ivy League
university, each with a letter promising a stipend and tuition waiver
in exchange for working as teaching assistants. On the first day of
class they show up to their various classes and sit waiting for the
instructor. After ten or fifteen minutes, one after another they head
to the department office to tell the staff the instructor has never
arrived. They all receive the same answer: “You ARE the instructor.”
Unfortunately, we are not imagining the scene. We are reporting on it,
minus the name of the institution.

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