2014 News

05.21.2014 | When Academic Freedoms and Modern Media Collide

Policies that restrict such freedom will only undermine the ability of colleges and universities to fulfill their mission and serve the common good. And institutions that fail to defend academic freedom — in social media or anywhere else — almost always end up harming themselves most of all.

05.20.2014 | Tongue-Tied on Campus

The AAUP's Hank Reichman joins a New York Times discussion on "trigger warnings" and the protests from students outraged by their institutions’ choice of graduation speaker.

05.15.2014 | Out of Balance

AAUP member James Todd not only read the AAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, he decided to do something about it and wrote this well written letter to the editor of his local newspaper.

05.15.2014 | Strict Social Media Policy Approved By Kansas Board Of Regents

“The most disturbing aspects of what they have done, is they have connected punitive measures to lawful speech,” Ron Barrett-Gonzalez said. “We believe that not only runs against the principles of academic freedom but the principles of free speech in our very nation.”

05.13.2014 | IMF's Lagarde Won't Speak at Smith, Part of a Growing List

Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP, defended the rights of students and faculty to protest, petition and otherwise make their voices heard, saying, "There's a long history of protests in the United States; that's what we were founded on, and I think student protests are partially an introduction to democracy."

05.06.2014 | Campuses Alter Sex Crime Responses

""The stark fact is that alleged attackers almost uniformly go unpunished, and many victims of sexual assault believe that no reporting or disciplinary process will produce justice,' according to a blunt 2012 report by the AAUP."

05.05.2014 | Church and Tenure

The AAUP, which filed briefs on behalf of the two professors, praised the rulings. It said that the court had affirmed the idea "at the heart of the case" -- that a court could apply "neutral principles of law" to evaluate the contractual claims in a way that would not "intrude on matters of church doctrine."

04.29.2014 | Class Warfare

"And yet, adjuncts now make up the largest chunk of the university-level teaching force in America—an impressive 41 percent, according to the most recent report from the AAUP. Although they are critically important to the country’s educational system, adjuncts are widely treated as disposable employees who aren’t entitled to basic job protections or support."

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