SOURCE: Law professor David Gamage

December 13, 2016 09:00 ET

Law Professor Questions San Francisco State University Defense in Breach-of-Contract Dispute

Illegal Strategy for Violating Faculty Agreements Exposed

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - December 13, 2016) - Law professor David Gamage published an op-ed in Sunday's San Francisco Examiner following a recent Inside Higher Education story alleging that San Francisco State University administrators have violated faculty employment contracts on a repeated basis.

An SFSU administrator denied the allegations, claiming in a campus e-mail that, "SF State has not breached faculty employment contracts, as has been alleged," and university spokespersons referred publicly to the contracts as "perceived commitments."

Professor Gamage, however, notes that "Public officials cannot simply re-frame employment contracts as 'perceived commitments' just by saying so." SFSU has used an obscure court case to shield itself from accountability for contractual violations, but the relevant provision in that case has been overturned by the California Supreme Court.

Gamage adds that 25 of the 58 SFSU faculty respondents to a recent survey answered affirmatively to the question, "Have administrators ever broken an agreement with you." Gamage is a law professor at the University of California Berkeley who specializes in contract law.

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