Rudnick explained this as meaning that our administrators (or as she called them, our “colleagues”) did not want the faculty taking vacations for winter and spring break, or going away from Eugene on non-teaching terms even to do research, without taking a formal presumably unpaid leave. She did have the grace to blush after the room broke out in laughter.
This new policy is for us little people. For our administrative colleagues, well, here are some of their Auto Reply emails, from recent inter-session periods. Pretty out-of-touch. Disclaimer: for all I know these were all during official leaves:
From: Roger Thompson
Subject: Automatic reply: Fiesta Bowl recruitingDate: January 3, 2013 12:50:23 AM PST
Currently, I am out of the office for winter break and the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2013 in Phoenix. I will return to campus Monday, January 7, 2013. If you need immediate assistance, please contact our organization by phone at 541-346-9386. Thank you and Go Ducks!
From: Jamie Moffitt
Subject: Automatic reply: Date: December 31, 2012 9:15:29 PM PST
I am going to be out of the office until Monday, January 7th and will have limited email access. If you have an issue that must be addressed before I return, please contact Kelly Zimmerman at email@example.com. Thanks -
Vice President for Finance & Administration & CFO
University of Oregon
From: “Randy Geller”
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: Date: December 18, 2011 11:08:20 PM PST
I am out of the office and will return on December 28th. If you need immediate assistance, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-346-3082.
From: “Michael Redding”
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: Date: December 22, 2011 10:23:38 AM PST
I will be out of the office from December 21-Jan 5. If you need assistance, Greg Stripp is AIC for University Relations and can be reached @ email@example.com or 346-5551. My assitant Karen Scheeland can also provide assistance, firstname.lastname@example.org. I will have limited access to email while I am out of the office.
From: Randy Geller
Subject: Automatic reply: Sanctions against you might include a letter to your personnel file.
Date: March 23, 2012 10:49:30 PM PDT
I am out of the office and will return on March 30th. I will check my email periodically during my absence. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Lauren Townsend at email@example.com or 541-346-3082.
I confess I really like the subject of that last email from Randy: “Sanctions against you might include a letter to your personnel file”. And here’s administration negotiator Tim Gleason doing some research during winter break at UO’s Fiesta Bowl Pep Rally: