no new money will be invested in it. After current faculty members leave or retire, the department will come to an end.The dean had offered them the opportunity to close the department voluntarily and they declined and it spiraled from there — with a lot of acrimony where nobody's handled things well, not the department, not the deans, certainly not the chancellor.
As somebody clued me in on earlier today, Comp Lit's website has some very significant updates. They are opting to rage against the dying of the light. Check it out, especially the stinging letter to the chancellor by a UW alum and major donor.