Boğaziçi academics released ‘damage assessment report’

The academics of Boğaziçi University released a report addressing problems that emerged following pro-government, Prof. Melih Bulu‘s appointment to the university by a decision of President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on January 2, 2021.

The academics issued a statement to share details of the report.

“From our May 7th statement (vigil no.89 / 18th week of the resistance / day 124):

During our vigil in the South Quad on April 29, we presented to the public a list of the damages to our institution since the decision to appoint a new rector. Yesterday, therefore, with the aim of sharing details of these damages to the broader public, we organised a “Boğaziçi Damage Report” campaign on social media platforms.As we continue our academic work with unfailing enthusiasm , we will not refrain from monitoring the damage caused to our institution, from making every effort to repair the damage incurred, or from defending our principles.”

The following damages have been listed by the academics:

BOĞAZİÇİ UNIVERSITY

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REPORT

29.04.2021

1. AN UNELECTED RECTOR WAS APPOINTED TO OUR UNIVERSITY.

2. TWO NEW FACULTIES WERE ESTABLISHED OVERNIGHT.

3. A DEAN FROM OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY WAS APPOINTED TO THE NEW FACULTY OF LAW.

4. THE APPOINTED RECTOR ALSO BECAME THE DEAN OF THE NEW FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION.

5. THE LGBTI+ STUDENT CLUB WAS SHUT DOWN.

6. MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN’S STUDIES STUDENT CLUB WERE DENIED ACCESS TO THEIR CLUB ROOM.

7. THE OFFICE FOR THE PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT WAS EFFECTIVELY SHUT DOWN.

8. THE DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES HAS NOT BEEN INSTALLED.

9. THE DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING HAS NOT BEEN INSTALLED.

10. MEMBERS OF THE APPOINTED ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPTED TO USE MULTIPLE VOTES IN THE SENATE.

11. A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE NEW FACULTY OF LAW WAS APPOINTED FROM OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY.

12. A NEW DIRECTOR WAS APPOINTED TO THE SCHOOL OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES WITHOUT CONSULTING ANY UNIVERSITY CONSTITUENTS.

13. THERE IS A HEAVY PRESENCE OF UNDERCOVER POLICE ON OUR CAMPUSES.

14. OUR CAMPUSES REMAIN UNDER POLICE SIEGE.

15. EVER MORE SECURITY CAMERAS ARE BEING INSTALLED ON OUR CAMPUSES.

16. POLICE RAIDS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ON OUR STUDENTS’ HOMES.

17. POLICE WERE GIVEN PERMISSION TO ENTER OUR CAMPUS.

18. OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

19. OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.

20. PART-TIME AND RETIRED FACULTY AND OUR GUESTS HAVE BEEN DENIED ENTRY TO CAMPUS.

21.OUR ALUMNI HAVE BEEN DENIED ENTRY TO CAMPUS.

22. DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATIONS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED AGAINST OUR STUDENTS FOR FABRICATED OFFENCES.

23. ONE OF OUR STUDENTS WAS ASSAULTED AT THE POLICE STATION.

24. STUDENT ACTIVITIES ARE BEING OBSTRUCTED THROUGH PHYSICAL FORCE.

25. OUR PRINCIPLE OF GENDER EQUALITY IS BEING VIOLATED.

26. UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES ARE BEING MARGINALIZED BECAUSE OF THEIR SENIOR STATUS.

27. PUBLIC RESOURCES ARE BEING EXPLOITED.

28. OUR UNIVERSITY’S TRADITION AND LANGUAGE OF NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION IS BEING UNDERMINED.

29. THE IMAGE BEING PROJECTED OF OUR UNIVERSITY CONTRADICTS ITS PRINCIPLES, AND THE UNIVERSITY’S REPUTATION IS BEING DAMAGED.

30. OUR TRADITION OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IS BEING UNDERMINED.

31. AN ATTEMPT IS BEING MADE TO GOVERN OUR UNIVERSITY BY PROXY.

32. OUR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.

33. SECURITY PERSONNEL HAVE USED PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR STUDENTS.

34. THE RIGHT TO JOB SECURITY IS BEING VIOLATED.

35. ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE TO DISCREDIT OUR WORK, WITH SOUNDBITES LIKE “NOW BOĞAZİÇİ IS PRODUCING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH”.

36. OUR FREEDOM TO COMMUNICATE IS BEING BLOCKED.

37. OUR RIGHT TO SHARE INFORMATION IS BEING VIOLATED.

38. OUR FACULTY MEMBERS AND STUDENTS ARE BEING TARGETED.

39. ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE TO POLARIZE OUR STUDENTS.

40. PREVIOUSLY IMPLEMENTED AND ONGOING PROJECTS ARE BEING PRESENTED AS NEW PROJECTS.

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