My pal over in Underwater Basketweaving needs to write the basic thank you letters to the people who served on their deepwater search. It's a basic thing, partly to acknowledge the extra work these folks put in (extra work anyone on a search puts in), and partly to make sure that they get something for their file, which can be important for tenure and promotion and such. For that purpose, the UB person always CCs the chair. It just means that a copy goes into the personnel file, so that folks can see it if they look.
But this time, my UB friend says he wants to also CC the dean because he wants to make sure that the dean is aware that her decisions matter, that her putting off the decision meant that people did work for nothing, more than they would have if she'd made the decision two weeks ago, or if she'd not given hints that the search was going through.
While tempting, perhaps, this seems like a bad idea to me, and I've told him so.
What do you folks think?