Censure

Developments Relating to Association Censure and Sanction

The Association’s staff has prepared the following brief accounts of favorable developments during the past year at institutions whose administrations have incurred AAUP censure (for departures from principles of academic freedom and tenure) or at institutions that are under sanction (for infringement of governance standards). For information about the current status of other censures or sanctions (listed respectively on pages 46 and 54), please contact the Association’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance.


 

Censure

Developments Relating to Association Censure and Sanction

The Association’s staff has prepared the following brief accounts of significant developments during the past year at institutions whose administrations have incurred AAUP censure (for departures from principles of academic freedom and tenure) or at institutions that are under AAUP sanction (for infringement of academic governance standards).

AAUP Censures Two Administrations, Removes Two from Censure

Delegates to the AAUP's Ninety-ninth Annual Meeting voted to place the administrations of Southern University, Baton Rouge and National Louis University  on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations and to remove Our Lady of Holy Cross College and St. Bonaventure University from the list. Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure.

Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2012–13

The 2012–13 Committee A report includes both judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. In 2011–12, three institutions were placed on the list of censured administrations, and none were removed. In 2012–13, two administrations were censured, and two others were removed from the censure list. In one case, however, positive developments subsequent to our investigation led the committee to defer any recommendation on censure and instead to monitor developments and report back to the annual meeting in June 2014.

Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2011–12

The 2011–12 Committee A report includes a typical combination of judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. While the balance between impositions and removals varies from year to year, the contrast between 2010–11 and 2011–12 is striking. In 2010–11, only one administration was censured, and two institutions were removed from the list of censured administrations. In 2011–12, three administrations were censured, and there were no removals.

Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2009–10

This 2009–10 Committee A report indicates the range of issues the committee addressed and the variety of activities it undertook during the past academic year. The removal and imposition of censure cases dealt with financial exigency and academic due process. The sample of cases settled through staff mediation included late and blanket notices of nonreappointment, threatened salary reductions based on novel “performance standards,” suspension and threatened dismissal following post-tenure review, and misunderstandings regarding the evaluation of a visiting professor. These matters involved a variety of institutions throughout the United States, private as well as public universities, medical schools, and a historically black college

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