Updated: Jan 16
It had been 70 days since we presented FSU with an 11-page reform of our Harassment Article (Article 8) in an effort to try and prevent abuses like those perpetrated by Dr. Feiock from ever happening again. I am sorry to say that when FSU returned this article to us on Friday, it was without substantive change from the status quo. In fact, the FSU bargaining team claimed that “Our investigators are trained to investigate as a neutral party […] and so the University is going to continue that process at this point." This is unconscionable. To say this— that we should continue these processes when Graduate Assistants have been sexually assaulted on FSU’s campus, by FSU faculty, and had their experiences covered up for the past 30 years— is to entirely disregard the safety and well being of FSU’s graduate workers. This doesn’t sound like a process anyone would want to “continue”, except perhaps the rapist Dr. Feiock. We would hope FSU would not want to “continue” any processes that worked for him.
Maybe the administration hasn’t heard enough of our stories to know how broken their current processes are. If you have a story you’d like to share about sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination you’ve experienced at FSU, we want to hear from you. Impact statements can be anonymous, and we will read them for you. Bargaining Committee Our next Bargaining Committee meeting will be held Friday, July 2nd, 1:30-3:30PM over Zoom. If you’re interested in helping with bargaining, stop by! We are still looking for: copywriters, graphic designers, researchers, social media managers, etc. Not sure what you can do to help? Show up anyway and hang out with us! In Solidarity, Vincenza Antonetta Berardo Chief Negotiator & Bargaining Chair