Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gary Cook has denied a temporary restraining order sought by the UT Chapter of the American Association of University Professors at a hearing Nov. 1.
In response to the University reorganization plan approved by the UT Board of Trustees in October, the faculty collective bargaining unit asked the court to issue the temporary restraining order to maintain the status quo while a grievance challenging the reorganization process proceeds through the grievance and arbitration procedure outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.
“As resources diminish and more is expected of UT and universities across the nation, we must be firm in our belief that maintaining the status quo is not an option,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said.
“While we are pleased with today’s court ruling, the challenge of reinventing the way this institution makes good on its promise to prepare students for success no matter their environment is just beginning,” Jacobs said.
A trial has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22, that combines the UT-AAUP’s request for a preliminary and permanent injunction asking to halt reorganization while the grievance and arbitration process proceeds. Cook will preside.
Jacobs said UT has the choice of leading the needed changes pervading higher education and should take advantage of it.
“We live in a society constantly redefining itself. To succeed in such a dynamic world requires an education that is on the leading edge of these social, economic and cultural transformations,” Jacobs said.
“The University of Toledo is committed to reimagining the way students receive knowledge and information so they can assume leadership positions in an increasingly globalized world.”