Just Cause for Dismissal? The 5/20 e-mails: Provost Hay – VP Garcia – President Shelton
What does it mean to be "direct"?
Shelton said "Let me be direct. The wording and tone of your email to Provost Hay will not be tolerated." You’re fired.
"With this email I am formally asking for your resignation from your administrative position."
What did he mean by saying, "That kind of wording and tone in an email will not be tolerated"?
What kind of wording and tone did he want?
It looks like he meant, "I will not tolerate wording and tone that are not respectful and polite."
Respectful and polite like the wording and tone of Meredith Hay’s email?
There the wording is at least superficially respectful and hypocritically polite. Calculated to look good, while ruthlessly eliminating an obstacle. Because the content of her email, and her real message is "Get out of my way, I'm taking over. My office is taking over the responsibilities you were entrusted with, so get out of my way." (For Hay's exact wording and tone, see the 5/20 e-mail exchange leaked to the press by Shelton’s office)
By contrast, Juan Garcia’s e-mail, like Shelton’s, really is direct: "I will not acquiesce to a decision that once again has excluded me from the process. At the very least I should have been consulted on a decision that will profoundly affect and infringe on my main area of responsibility."
Now that's direct. But is it just cause for summary dismissal?
[originally posted 8/23/09]