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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 54, Number 4 Fall 2021

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Letter to the Editor

Edited by Dominique Thomas, Morehouse College

August 28, 2021 -- For Immediate Release

Submitted by Georgia State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors

The Georgia State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors condemns in the strongest possible terms the firing of Cody Mullins Luedtke, a lecturer at the GSU-Dunwoody campus. Cody Luedtke was fired for the simple reason that she did not want to teach in an unsafe environment, in which her students would almost certainly be exposed to a deadly virus that could infect them and their families.

All faculty deserve to be allowed to do their jobs under conditions that do not threaten their or their students’ well-being. To require faculty to work under such hazardous conditions not only flies in the face of science and CDC guidelines, but also presents faculty with a moral choice they should never be forced to make: the safety of myself, my family and my students and their families, or my job.

The AAUP chapter at Georgia State demands the adoption of a policy that allows faculty to teach remotely if they believe teaching in-person would jeopardize the health and well-being of their students and themselves.

Georgia State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors