RUNNING EXTRA. Professor McAdams was posting on the exile of Ms Bartlow about the same time I was working on this post last night. (I confess to being distracted by a hockey game. Go Hawks.)
Back in the old days of the USSR, there was something known as the “vertical stroke.” If a lower level bureaucrat (an Army officer, perhaps) screwed up, not only was he fired or demoted, his immediate superior got the same treatment. And so did his superior’s superior, right on up. In the army, this could be up to the corps or army level. This had some negative consequences: it created a huge incentive to conceal problems. But it did embody a sound principle: higher level people are responsible for their subordinates. The top people put the lower level people in charge, had the power to fire them, and had the responsibility to properly supervise them.Per corollary, a department head, a dean, a provost, and a president also sign off on continuing tenure.
It’s a shame the “vertical stroke” won’t happen here. Bartlow screwed up badly. But the ultimate responsibility lies with top Marquette administrators, who created a large “diversity” and “inclusion” and “gender” and “sexuality” bureaucracy, hired the kinds of bureaucrats drawn to those offices, and now find themselves embarrassed when the predictable things happen.