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Serious allegations have been raised about Portland State University President Rahmat Shoureshi. In the spirit of shared governance and as the voice of the PSU faculty, the Faculty Senate has a responsibility to independently assess such allegations. No single member of the faculty should have to stand alone to ask the Senate to act on this matter. Therefore, we, the undersigned collectively request the following:

The Faculty Senate shall investigate the allegations by doing the following:

  • Request from the University copies of the public records that were provided to The Oregonian and any other media outlets regarding President Shoureshi.
  • Request that the Board of Trustees provide information about any consultants hired to investigate President Shoureshi. This would include copies of the contracts, the process being used for the investigations, and how faculty can provide input into these investigations.
  • Request from the University and the Board of Trustees the materials being used by the consultants hired by the Board of Trustees, as well as any reports provided to the Board.
  • Provide an opportunity for any PSU faculty member, employee, or student to provide relevant information about the allegations. This process will allow those providing information to remain anonymous except to the subgroup within Faculty Senate leading the investigation.
  • Make the public records collected from the University and Board pertaining to President Shoureshi's tenure available to the PSU faculty.
  • Provide a report to the Faculty Senate at the May Faculty Senate meeting.
  • No later than the June Faculty Senate meeting provide a final report and recommendation to the Faculty Senate on whether to hold a vote of no confidence.


Update: The April 1 Faculty Senate agenda includes Item E2:

"...we wish to look further into the circumstances described in the article and advise the Senate as appropriate. We therefore request the assistance and support of the Senate in accessing the relevant documentation. To that end:

Be it resolved that the Portland State Faculty Senate asks the Office of General Council to
provide the Senate Steering Committee with copies of all documents obtained by the Oregonian in the course of its research for the above mentioned article, including those documents notactually cited in the article, or through any new Oregonian document request on the same subject."

In addition, any member of the public, including you, can request the public records (at no cost) regarding President Shoureshi that were provided to the Oregonian by completing the form linked from this page:


Among the 153 people who have signed: 11 Faculty Senators, 104 faculty represented by Senate, 10 other faculty (including emeriti), and 14 employees, students, alums. Here are some of their comments:

  • "Transparency is essential to a well-run institution."
  • "A President of a public university should lead the way in transparency, and ethical action at all times. I invite the President to participate in due process to investigate these allegations openly and with regard to students and communities.
  • "In the spirit of shared governance, a cornerstone of PSU, access to all documents regarding our president must be available for our review."
  • "This information seems important to help faculty make an informed decision and, if President Shoureshi has been falsely accused, to clear his name with the faculty and allow PSU to move forward tackling our major budget issues without such distraction."
  • "I'm deeply concerned about the reporting and I also have some first hand exchanges with the President that have been concerning."
  • "The Faculty Senate must perform due diligence in its role as steward of the long-term health of the University."

2018-19 Steering Committee

Voting ex-officio members:

  • Presiding Officer: Thomas Luckett
  • Presiding Officer Elect: Isabel Jaén Portillo
  • Past Presiding Officer: Michael Clark

Elected members:

  • Rowanna Carpenter (2018-20)
  • Annabelle Dolidon (2017-19)
  • Karen Kennedy (2017-19)
  • Liane O'Banion (2018-20)

Non-voting ex-officio members:

  • Secretary to the Faculty: Richard Beyler
  • Faculty Member of Board of Trustees: Maude Hines
  • Co-Chair of Committee on Committees: Susan Lindsay
  • Senior IFS Representative: Karen Popp (from Jan. 2019)

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