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From: Fahad Alothman
Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2017 12:57 PM
Subject: Message from the Chairman
Dear All ,
Unfortunately, in the past weeks, we had to terminate the service of several faculty members and staff. It seems it’s causing some concern among
verya few colleagues in regards to stability.
Such actions had to be
madetaken in response to serious violations and deviations from the organizational culture, ethics, and standard of performance.
Please let everyone know about the standards you are aiming to achieve. The people you let go had all an international standard of research and teaching. Are you aiming for any particular accreditation standards? Because as far as we heard, accreditation is not happening. Maybe you can give everyone a scale of said standards? Or do these standards involve trimming our beards and cleaning our nails? Frankly, that e-mail about personal hygiene was very disrespectful!
inon the contrary/contrary to what?/, reinforce and reinstateour commitment to what AUM is all about, and its reassurancereassure us that we will not compromise our ethics, standards of quality, and the culture of openness and fairness that should allow every single member of the AUM family to express themselvesopenly communicateand grow.
This is vague as every other policy at AUM. Please clarify how the terminated people were not open or fair. You will need to give examples here. Many of us who were in the teams of these people know that some of them were very open. In some of their departments there was a level of trust and openness that AUM at large can only dream of. What fairness are you talking about? Fairness in salaries maybe? Or maybe fairness in class size and credit number assignments? How does then one person have 600 students and another 200? Why does one person teach 1 course and another 5 of them? Please clarify your notion of fairness. With all the money you personally make, can you please show us evidence of fair distribution of this wealth? Maybe some corporate responsibility?
We at AUM, believe that we are entrusted by our students, their families, and the community at large, to do the best we can, to educate, and facilitate the intellectual growth of our students.
So do the people you let go. Go ahead and prove the contrary.
That is why AUM exist, and that is what we think about every day.
Well, actually, some of your employees think of their houses back home and will betray you the moment they no longer need your pittance. You have not earned the trust of a single soul at AUM.
pursuantpursuit to fulfill such obligations …
If you feel this is an obligation, then you are not a very ethical and trustworthy person, are you? Nobody obliged you to do anything… Or maybe your ego did? In another world, in another era, this could be your duty… but still, for this you will need to have someone less egocentric and less of a narcissist
…, and our mission to make AUM the best university in the region, we will not compromise to anything.
A mission is a noble thing. A mission is not having the best, the most, the highest. Those things you can easily achieve. This is why all accreditation teams asked you to look again at your mission and vision statements. No matter how you reword them, they are still not good enough. You need a completely different mindset to have true vision and a true mission.
We will be hiring not less than 100 additional people in the next 2 years.
Great! We hope to be less overloaded. We hope to take out summer holidays and not be made to stay in the summers, or only for those of us who wish to. We hope you did not promise those people things you cannot give them and that you removed the illegal clauses from your contracts. Maybe you could also think of a better way to treat them after the 100 probation days are over. And see that they are not all from Turkey…
Therefore, keeping every single faculty member and, encouraging their growth, is in the heart of our strategy. However, when certain individuals decide to abuse authority for selfish gains…
Clarify here and give proof of how the people you terminated correspond to this. Do you refer to material gains? Do you mean to insinuate that these people stole money from you? This is a very serious accusation. The people you terminated can prosecute you for this.
…, and deviate from what we stand for and what we are accountable to, then will not hesitate to take corrective actions.
We have yet a lot to achieve. We believe in the new management team; we hope they learn from the mistakes of others. We have a lot of improvements to make, and a lot of initiatives to take. Our determination to excel
lencyis stronger than ever before.
What has been achieved during the past eight years is great. The coming years will be
nothing buteven more exciting and rewarding to our students, faculty, and the community at large
Chairman of The Board of Trustees
P. S. Maybe you should learn some English if you are aiming for an international standard. Or if not, then hire a professional body of copywriters and editors. This way, we will be less ashamed when we read your mails. Or visit some EPP classes.