Southeastern Louisiana University

Layoffs at Two Louisiana Universities Violated Academic Standards

This is the third major report in five years published by the AAUP as a result of investigations in Louisiana. (4/12)

AAUP Censures Three Louisiana Administrations

Delegates to the Ninety-eighth Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted on June 16 to place Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, as well as Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond (both components of the University of Louisiana System) on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University

Report finding that administrators at two Louisiana universities used program discontinuances as an excuse to get rid of selected tenured faculty members.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University

Report finding administrators discontinued or consolidated academic programs and arbitrarily selected certain tenured professors in the programs for termination of appointment.

Stand With Louisiana French Professors

In summer 2010, the administration of Southeastern Louisiana University announced the closure of its French degree programs and the dismissal of the three tenured French faculty members. In violation of university guidelines and AAUP-supported standards, the administration announced the closures without having notified the faculty members concerned. Nor did French cease to be taught: French courses are still available, and a French minor is still offered. These courses are being staffed by low-paid instructors on a contingent basis.

Developments Relating to Association Censure

The Association’s staff has prepared the following brief accounts of significant developments during the past year at institutions that appear on the AAUP’s list of administrations censured for serious departures from AAUP-supported standards of academic freedom and tenure. The staff has no significant developments this past year to report regarding institutions on the AAUP’s list of institutions sanctioned for infringing AAUP-supported governance standards.

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