The Akron chapter of the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, said Thursday in a statement that UA has invoked the contract’s “force majeure” clause, which says that “unforeseen, uncontrolled and catastrophic circumstances” beyond the control of the university could make implementing parts of the bargaining agreement impossible or unfeasible.
In a clear effort to head off international concerns, China’s foreign ministry sent a letter on Thursday night to ambassadors posted to Beijing, urging them to support the legislation and laying out the government’s position.
“The opposition in Hong Kong have long colluded with external forces to carry out acts of secession, subversion, infiltration and destruction against the Chinese mainland,” the letter said.
The university is also cutting the theater education major and majors in sustainability science and economics. Some professors and office managers will be laid off.
Music professor Matt Halper calls the cuts “heartbreaking.”
“It is really like being cut off from family, from a long-term relationship,” he says.
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