The Faculty of the Gallatin School has voted overwhelmingly (Yes: 30, No: 0, Abstain: 4) to issue the following statement:
We wish to express our concerns regarding the NYU 2031 plan for the following reasons:
We are concerned that it will have a negative impact on the academic mission of the university.
We are concerned that it will impede in the foreseeable future NYU's ability to recruit new faculty and create a prolonged assault on the living and work environment of current faculty and students.
We are not persuaded that the declared rationale for the plan (NYU needs more space) presents sufficient grounds for launching a costly building campaign in a time of chronic economic uncertainty.
We are deeply concerned about the lack of exposure of financial specifics and the absence of adequate consultation with the faculty. We are concerned that NYU students --- who already incur substantial debt --- may bear the burden of footing the expansion bill in the form of increased tuition and other fees.
We are concerned by the size and scope of the of the 2031 plan, and believe its execution will result in an irreparable rift with our community neighbors, and that their right to shape the destiny of Greenwich Village should be respected.
The Faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study