Censure List

Investigations by the American Association of University Professors of the administrations of the institutions listed below show that, as evidenced by a past violation, they are not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure approved by this Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and more than two hundred other professional and educational organizations which have endorsed the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

This list is published for the purpose of informing Association members, the profession at large, and the public that unsatisfactory conditions of academic freedom and tenure have been found to prevail at these institutions. Names are placed on or removed from this censure list by vote of the Association's annual meeting.

Placing the name of an institution on this list does not mean that censure is visited either upon the whole of the institution or upon the faculty, but specifically upon its present administration. The term "administration" includes the administrative officers and the governing board of the institution. This censure does not affect the eligibility of nonmembers for membership in the Association, nor does it affect the individual rights of members at the institution in question.

Members of the Association have often considered it to be their duty, in order to indicate their support of the principles violated, to refrain from accepting appointment to an institution so long as it remains on the censure list. Since circumstances differ widely from case to case, the Association does not assert that such an unqualified obligation exists for its members; it does urge that, before accepting appointments, they seek information on present conditions of academic freedom and tenure from the Association's Washington office and prospective departmental colleagues. The Association leaves it to the discretion of the individual, possessed of the facts, to make the proper decision. 

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Institutions are listed in chronological order according to when their administrations were placed on the censure list. The list contains only administrations which are still under censure (many others have been removed from the list after improving their practices and procedures). Reports through 2009 were published in the AAUP Bulletin or Academe, and the issue of publication is indicated in the "Report Published" column. Starting in 2010, reports were published first on the AAUP website, in the month and year indicated in the "Report Published" column, with print publication following in the next issue of the Bulletin of the AAUP. In rare cases, a supplemental report has been issued after the initial report. Clicking on the institution title will take you to a .pdf of the report.

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Institution Name

Report Published

Year 

Grove City College March '63, 15-24 1963
Frank Phillips College Dec. '68, 433-38 1969
Concordia Seminary April '75, 49-59 1975
Murray State University Dec. '75, 322-28 1976
State University of New York Aug. '77, 237-60 1978
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas May '78, 93-98 1978
Nichols College May '80, 207-12 1980
Yeshiva University Aug. '81, 186-95 1982
American International College May-June '83, 42-46 1983
Metropolitan Community College Mar.-Apr. '84, 23a-32a 1984
Talladega College May-June '86, 6a-14a 1986
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico May-June '87, 33-38 1987
Husson University May-June '87, 45-50 1987
Hillsdale College May-June '88, 29-33 1988
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary May-June '89, 35-45 1989
The Catholic University of America Sept.-Oct. 1989, 27-40 1990
Dean College May-June '91, 27-32 1992
Baltimore City Community College May-June '92, 37-41 1992
Loma Linda University May-June '92, 42-49 1992
Clarkson College May-June '93, 46-53 1993
North Greenville College May-June '93, 54-64 1993
Savannah College of Art and Design May-June '93, 65-70 1993
University of Bridgeport Nov.-Dec. '93, 37-45 1994
Benedict College May-June '94, 37-46 1994
        Supplementary Report Jan.-Feb. '05, 51-54  
Bennington College Mar.-Apr. '95, 91-103 1995
        Supplementary Report Jan.-Feb. '98, 70-75  
Alaska Pacific University May-June '95, 32-39 1995
National Park Community College May-June '96, 41-46 1996
Saint Meinrad School of Theology July-Aug. '96, 51-60 1997
Minneapolis College of Art and Design May-June '97, 53-58 1997
Brigham Young University Sept.-Oct '97, 52-71 1998
University of the District of Columbia May-June '98, 46-55 1998
Lawrence Technological University May-June '98, 56-62 1998
Johnson & Wales May-June '99, 46-50 1999
Albertus Magnus College Jan.-Feb. '00, 54-63 2000
Charleston Southern University Jan.-Feb. '01, 63-77 2001
University of Dubuque Sept.-Oct. '01, 62-73 2002
Meharry Medical College Nov.-Dec. '04, 56-78 2005
University of the Cumberlands Mar.-Apr. '05 99-113 2005
Virginia State University   May-June, '05, 47-62 2005
Bastyr University Mar.-Apr. '07, 106-120 2007
Cedarville University May-June '09, 58-84 2009
Nicholls State University Nov-Dec '08, 60-69 2009
North Idaho College May-June '09, 85-92 2009
Stillman College March-April '09, 94-101 2009
Clark Atlanta University February 2010 2010
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston April 2010 2010
Bethune Cookman University October 2010 2011
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge July 2011 2012
Northwestern State University of Louisiana April 2012 2012
Southeastern Louisiana University April 2012 2012
National Louis University (Illinois) April 2013 2013
Southern University, Baton Rouge April 2013 2013
Northeastern Illinois University December 2013 2014