Academic Freedom

Chapter Statement on Professor's Removal

The MSU AAUP chapter says a student video is not an adequate basis for immediate punishment.

Appeals Court Expands Protections for Academic Speech

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an important decision that vigorously affirms First Amendment protections for academic speech by faculty members. Demers v. Austin arose when Washington State University disciplined professor David Demers after he distributed a pamphlet that made proposals to change the direction and focus of the Murrow School of Communications. Demers sued the university, alleging that the university’s actions violated his First Amendment rights. The trial court applied the Supreme Court’s analysis in the 2006 Garcetti v.

Open Letter to Members of the American Studies Association

The AAUP, which opposes academic boycotts as violations of academic freedom, is disappointed by the ASA council’s vote and urges ASA members to reject this resolution.

AAUP Colorado Conference Condemns University

This statement condemns the University of Colorado’s treatment of a sociology professor as a clear violation of academic freedom and an unwarranted infringement on her professional obligation to choose effective instructional methods to communicate disciplinary knowledge in her classroom.

Academic Freedom Violated at University of Colorado

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) joins its Colorado state conference in condemning the University of Colorado-Boulder's treatment of sociology professor Patricia Adler.

Social Media Policy Violates Academic Freedom

The AAUP condemns as a gross violation of the fundamental principles of academic freedom new Kansas Board of Regents rules under which faculty and other employees may be suspended, dismissed or terminated from employment for “improper use of social media.”

Kansas AAUP Conference Statement

The social media policy passed last week by the Kansas Board of Regents is ill conceived and should be rescinded, says a statement issued by the AAUP's Kansas conference

Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications

A newly revised report issued for comment in December, Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications, brings up to date and expands the Association’s 2004 report on the same topic.

Freedom to Teach Statement

At its November meeting, the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure approved The Freedom to Teach, a short statement written in response to numerous queries regarding Association policy on the relationship between the academic freedom of individual faculty members in the classroom and collective faculty responsibility for the curriculum, particularly with regard to multisection courses.

Report on Academy-Industry Relationships Published in Book Form

The AAUP and the AAUP Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships. The 368-page report is the product of four years of work. It has been updated, clarified, and extensively edited since a draft was published online for comment in 2012.

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