To whom this may concern;
On behalf of Professor Jerome Bauer, lecturer in Religious
Studies at Washington University in St. Louis:
The members of the Student Worker Alliance urge you to
reconsider the termination of Professor Bauer's University
lecturing position. We believe that removing Professor Bauer
constitutes a real loss to students and the University. Professor
Bauer not only enriches the University with his knowledge as a
professor in the Religious Studies Department, but also cares
for every student in his courses. Individual members of the
organization have interacted with Professor Bauer in varied
ettings: lecturer, Coop advisor, faculty advisor for student
organizations, mentor, and community member, Professor Bauer
never ceases to give of his time and efforts to further student
The University's Mission Statement affirms a commitment to
"prepare students with the attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong
learning and with leadership skills, enabling them to be useful
members of global society." Professor Bauer time and time
again fulfils this goal as professor and community member.
Washington University administration acknowledged that
Student Worker Alliance members taking part in the April 2004
sit-in would not face repercussions due to their personal
involvement. This promise of amnesty, we insist, must also
apply to all professors tacitly or implicitly involved in the sit-in.
Professor Bauer's specific participation in this student
movement confirms his commitment to the University goal of
fostering students capable of ameliorating the global community.
He held no responsibility in the decision making or actions of
students involved, yet his support encouraged Student Worker
Alliance members to continue their efforts to improve the lives
of campus workers and the overall campus environment. In no
way does Professor Bauer's association with the sit-in
demonstrate attempts to harm the Washington University
community, but rather reaffirms his conviction as professor and
socially-aware community member to preserve student
endeavors to resolve community dilemmas.
As students and friends of Professor Bauer, we the members
of the Student Worker Alliance thank the administration for
acknowledging this letter. We hope that the University will
continue dialogue and negotiations with Professor Bauer to
ensure his future as a Washington University faculty member.