More than a month has passed since Miroslav Sevcik was dismissed from the post of dean of one of the faculties of the University of Economics. Rector Petr Dvořák took such a step more than half a year ago, because it was supported by the Academic Senate of VŠE, which damages the good name of the school in the long run.
He opened the message and made a decision. Ševčík is no longer dean of faculty, but he will continue to work at the school
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Now Ševčík, as he had announced in advance, opposed the decision. He considers the practice illegal and politically motivated, so he filed a lawsuit against the school.
“The administrative action is against the Rector's decision. The case was long so I hurried as much as I could. So filed today (Friday, Note Ed.) data box,” said the dismissed dean of iROZHLAS.cz and Radiožurnál server. Ales Kerlok Ševčík, former vice-rector of Charles University, represented in the case.
The rector of the university, Petr Dvořák, wrote to the servers of iROHLAS.cz and Radiožurnál that he was not surprised, because the former head of the Faculty of Economics said this repeatedly. “As I do not know the content of the case, I cannot comment on it in detail,” he said, declining to comment further.
According to Ševčík, the lawsuit lists a whole range of misconduct, including discrimination and bullying. “It is inconsistent with the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression and assembly. Academic freedom is being suppressed in this decision,'' he said. They are also trying to get the court to consider the case within thirty days.
If the court rules in Ševčík's favor, it will overturn the decision on appeal and Ševčík will be able to return to his chair in his third-floor office. Therefore, the Teachers' Education Senate will not announce new elections for Dean until the court's decision.
When Rector Dvorak made the decision on the appeal in December last year, Sevczyk refused to receive it in person, so the university administration had to mail it to him. Later he took office on 21st December.
He was temporarily replaced in that position by Adela Zubikova, Associate Dean for Studies.
'Political Intentional Practice'
The rector of the university recalled at a press conference when the dean was fired that he had previously called the head of the economics faculty several times to refrain from statements and appearances that could harm the school.
The rector of the University of Economics dismissed Ševčík, who refused to accept the decision. “It had letters,” Dean says
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“However, Associate Professor Ševčík not only continued his controversial appearances, but more seriously, he defended all these public appearances and statements and did not allow their negative impact on the good name of VŠE. Our university.” Dvorak explained, adding that he considers this to be an important aspect of the decision.
Ševčík views this practice as politically motivated, and he disagrees with the rector's reasoning. For example, he says he was recalled for “helping someone who was beaten up.” It refers to one of the anti-government demonstrations where a crowd tried to enter the National Museum, with Sevcik explaining his presence by saying he was there.
Attempts to recall Šević began after Dean took part in a March 11 demonstration on Wenceslas Square in Prague. Subsequently, journalists photographed heavy men pushing him out of the stairs of the National Museum. Dozens of people who had previously participated in the Czech Republic Against Poverty demanded that the Ukrainian flag be removed from the front of the building.
The dean, who has many controversial moments behind him, has long denied damaging the reputation of the University of Economics or the faculty he heads. He explains that the number of students in the faculty is declining because of the difficulty of the fields of study, and emphasizes that the faculty collaborates with other faculties, the public sector, and elementary and middle schools.
Moreover, he insists that he has not done anything suspicious and that he has fulfilled all the previous demands of the rector: he has stopped acting as an economist of the tricolor movement or refused to participate in demonstrations. He considers the faculty head's work to be successful. He believes he has not failed as a manager.
- In 2014, Miroslav Čevšić allegedly misused the Blue Beacon as Dean of the University of Economics. He used it in a convoy on the D5 highway and went in the opposite direction in a car marked as such, on a lane vacated by ambulance drivers. He explained that he was taking the injured woman to the hospital.
- The Head of the Faculty of Economics acted as the Economist of the Tricolor Movement. According to the server A list of messages On the eve of the 2021 parliamentary elections, he used the contacts he received from the school system to publicize his political involvement.
In September last year, Ševčík took part in an anti-government demonstration, receiving criticism from the rector for his speech. “I felt sorry for Professor Fiala as he sat in disgrace in the European Parliament and had to listen to MEP Guy Verhofstadt's rants in a bit of a stink. Unfortunately, he let them have their way. If he had the balls, he would have at least verbally slapped him for his outrageous speech,” in Wenceslas Square. Cevcik told the crowd.
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