The faculty of the Department of Humanities and the Social Sciences in the
Professions wishes to go on record as deeply concerned with the NYU 2031
plan as currently formulated, even after taking into account the proposed
16% reduction in square footage and the recent mitigation plan for
faculty. Among our concerns are the following:
We are concerned that the plan was developed without meaningful and
sufficient faculty input or adequate transparency regarding its expected
long term impact on the university's academic mission or finances.
We are concerned that it will impede in the foreseeable future NYU's
ability to recruit new faculty and create a prolonged assault on the
living and work environment of current faculty and students.
We are concerned that the declared rationale for the plan (NYU students
need more space) does not present sufficient grounds for launching a
costly building campaign in a time of chronic economic uncertainty.
We are concerned that NYU students --- already among the most indebted in
the nation --- will almost certainly bear the burden of footing the
expansion bill in the form of increased tuition and other fees.
We are concerned that the scope of the 20% rent reduction is overly
vague and does not include a specific, clear and generous interpretation
and that the proposal does not provide for other housing options that can
be offered to faculty who wish to stay at the university but not live in
the construction zone.
We are concerned that the execution of the 2031 plan will result in an
irreparable rift with our community neighbors, and that their right to
shape the destiny of Greenwich Village should be respected.