As your representative, Bill Holly promises to guard and protect your educational, financial, and cultural interests. I will fight for transparency and accountability.
"Never will I forget that every penny YCCD spends comes from the labor of you the people."
The three main points of Bill Holly's platform are:
- Protecting our libraries
- Protecting freedom of speech
- Protecting your right to due process
Protecting Our Libraries
A few years ago Modesto Junior College renovated the East Campus library in a process that took over a year and $9 million tax payer dollars. When the library reopened its doors in January of 2014, 70% of the 75,000 books were gone.
That is a loss of 52,000 books.
It took us a year and a half to learn that the administration had simply thrown those books in the trash without consulting trustees, faculty, or students.
On April 21st, 2015 Bill Holly filed a protected disclosure claiming that this was criminal activity in that it violated California education code- which is California law.
Colleges should have trustees who love books. Bill Holly will protect your library and fight to ensure that decisions like these are not made behind closed doors.
Protecting Freedom of Speech
Bill Holly's involvement in free speech issues began when he protested Modesto Junior College's preventing a student, Robert Van Tuinen, from passing out copies of the American Constitution on Constitution Day.
Instead of changing the speech regulations to keep them from violating our First Amendment rights, the administration dishonestly tried to pass the incident off as a misunderstanding. This resulted in giving MJC a black eye nation-wide and got our campus embroiled in an expensive and unnecessary lawsuit.
When Bill Holly emailed the entire MJC staff and community an essay protesting the treatment of Van Tuinen, he suffered retaliation. Holly's email prompted two professors to email the chancellor, the MJC president, and Holly's dean, offering their services to help suppress faculty speech by prohibiting political discourse like Holly's on the faculty website.
In fewer than ten days, one of those same professors mysteriously (and illegally) replaced one of Holly's peer observers for the teaching evaluation of Holly's philosophy course. That professor gave Holly the worst evaluation of his career, despite glowing evaluations from the students. And, in the evaluation, that professor suggested forbidding Holly from writing essays, handouts, or study guides for his students unless they had been published in peer-reviewed journals (which is a violation of academic freedom). These suggestions were not enforced following Holly's dean learning that the former had the support of FIRE.
Things seemed to calm down for about a year after Van Tuinen won his lawsuit. However, things started going south again and Holly decided to file a whistle-blowing complaint both against the destruction of the library and violations of policy and education code during the Constitution Day Incident and its aftermath; the latter being titled J'Accuse.
MJC needs a Trustee who will stand up for freedom of speech and our constitutional rights as steadfastly as Bill Holly.
Protecting your right to due process
Despite the fact that Dr. Bill Holly got his PhD forty years ago, he has been subjected to a seemingly endless, continuing education by YCCD. As soon as he filed his two protected disclosures, District informed Holly that he himself was being investigated because two hostile environment accusations had been made against him- but they refused to say what he had been accused of doing or who had accused him.
This was when Bill Holly learned that YCCD does not grant due process rights to anybody within their jurisdiction.
Those people who are accused of violating policy or law by YCCD have no right:
- to be told what they are accused of doing or what policy or law they presumably violated
- to know who accused them, or to question their accuser
- to receive a copy of the completed report when the investigation has ended
In short, they have no right to any of the aspects of due process that are required for defending one's self, no right to fairness during investigation of accusations made against them.
As can be seen in policy 5500, students accused of violating the conduct code have no right to due process. Policy AP 3435 (see below) does not grant the accused any due process rights. The vice chancellor of human resources told Holly that as a part time faculty member, he has no job rights and no right to due process.
YFA (the faculty union) and Holly have spent the past year trying to get the Board to incorporate the above due process rights into the Board procedures that explain processes required for accepting, investigating, and resolving accusations of violating Board policies and state and federal laws.
Administration has refused to grant due process rights to students, part time faculty, and trustees, despite continuing faculty efforts. Most of the Board simply follows the chancellor's denial of these basic rights.
Posted below are two analyses by Holly regarding omission of basic rights, and copies of the relevant policies and procedures.