VŠE Rector Dvořák emphasizes the decision of Dean Miroslav Ševčík, Head of the Faculty of Economics. What exactly does this mean for the school’s academic senate now?
So this time, if the rector wants to fire Dean Sevcik, he has to submit it to the larger university-wide senate, which has to approve it. Without the approval of the Senate, the Rector cannot take that action.
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At the moment, the rector has yet to submit, so I expect it to arrive in days or even weeks. I don’t know how Wednesday’s debate went in Faculty Senate.
It depends on how much the rector wants to add to it. Either way, the Senate will meet and debate, and it may or may not happen.
What does the school’s Academic Senate consider when making its decision?
So it has many levels. First, it is a matter of whether the welfare of the school is actually harmed. There will of course be different views on whether there is damage, or how much damage has been done to the interests of the school, and it is worth recalling.
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And then, of course, it depends on the overall implementation and how the rector presents it, because the rector has to present the object.
I have yet to see what he is going to present. I only saw what he presented at the Faculty Senate, so I don’t know if it will stay the same or be modified. Now I can’t decide what else will be part of that discussion.
Representatives of the Faculty Senate of the University of Economics did not respond to Radiožurnál’s request for an interview.
How do you feel about those voices that say this is a form of censorship and that Dean is being held back from expressing his opinion?
It is similar to a limited view, which perceives only a small part of the overall environment. No one is stopping Dean from expressing his opinions, however, in my view, insult is not an opinion.
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These aren’t opinions, or he might think so, but the moment he says them out loud, it’s primarily an insult. Since the dean is an elected position, which means that he represents a section of the academic community in some way, a section of the academic community naturally has the right to object and call for an appeal.
Mr. It should be added here that Ševčík will be at the school as a teacher.
And so it is. We are only talking about the dean’s removal. No one exempted him from his activity in the academic community. He can continue to teach and research as long as there are no serious violations.
“Those who don’t accept it take it as a complete decision and compare it to being fired under the previous regime. However, this is a completely different situation.’
But this is a completely different process, which has not been addressed at present. Of course, there have been some controversies in the past, but the current process is only about removal from the post of dean, not about removal from the university.
Those who disagree compare it to layoffs in the previous regime, implying that it ends completely. However, this is a completely different situation.
Mr. Are you aware of any specific negative impact of Ševčík’s behavior on the faculty or the entire university?
He hasn’t discussed it with VŠE’s management yet, so I don’t know how serious it is, but from what I know so far and from the media, an event is planned for June, aimed at graduates. VŠE. It is said that many important speakers were supposed to be featured, some of whom refused to attend these events.
Some faculty have had to deal with their partners and sponsors since hearing that Dean Sevcik was becoming a reputational risk to them. I encounter it often myself outside of university. People ask me how it is possible for someone who behaves like this to be prominent in the academic community. Many of my close friends share similar stories.
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