Resources on Academic Freedom

AAUP Policy Statements, Reports, & Analysis 

The policies published in the AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports, also known as the "Redbook," have been formulated by standing and special committees, at times in cooperation with other organizations, and adopted by the Association's national Council and by the annual meeting of the membership.

Policy Statements

Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 1940.

Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 2013 revision.

Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice: Academic Freedom after Garcetti v. Ceballos. 2009. 

 Freedom in the Classroom. 2007.

 Academic Freedom and Outside Speakers. 2006.

Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications. 2004.

 Statement on Corporate Funding of Academic Research. 2004.

 Verification and Trust: Background Investigations Preceding Faculty Appointment. 2004.

The Use and Abuse of Faculty Suspensions. 2008. 

Post-tenure Review. 1999 revision.

 On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes. 1994.

Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments. 1989 revision.

A Statement of the Association's Council: Freedom & Responsibility. 1990 revision.

Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings. 1958.

 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure

 Member only content

Committee A Reports

Each of these reports was prepared by a subcommittee of the Association’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and was approved by Committee A for publication with an invitation for comments.

Controversy in the Classroom. 2004.

Academic Bills of Rights. 2003.

Good Practice in Tenure Evaluation. 2000. (Available by request from

Incentives to Forgo Tenure. 2000.

Academic Freedom and the Law

Academic Freedom and Freedom of Information Requests (.pdf). 2011. By Robert O’Neil, AAUP counsel. A review of Freedom of Information Act requests that have involved questions of academic freedom.

Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, and the First Amendment after Garcetti v. Ceballos. (.pdf) February 2011. By Rachel Levinson, Senior Counsel . Presentation for Stetson University College of Law 31st Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education.

Academic Freedom and the First Amendment . 2007. By Rachel Levinson, AAUP Counsel.  An informational outline. 

Academic Freedom of Students and Professors, and Political Discrimination. 2006. By Ann Springer, AAUP Counsel. An informational outline. 

Academic Freedom and Professorial Speech. 2004. By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel. A presentation made to the 25th Annual Conference on Law & Higher Education. 

Academic Freedom of Individual Professors And Higher Education Institutions: The Current Legal Landscape. 2002. By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel. An informational outline. 

Tenure: Current Perspectives and Challenges. 2002. By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel. An informational outline.

See also the AAUP's legal informational outlines, annual updates that cover a range of legal topics, often including academic freedom.

Investigations & Censure

List of Administrations Censured by the Association

What Is Censure?

Committee A Procedures

The AAUP's Censure List. 2003. By Jonathan Knight. A descriptive essay on the AAUP's definition of "censure," which evolved through debate on pivotal issues of faculty roles, powers, and duties.

Some Implications of Tenure for the Profession and Society. By Ernst Benjamin.

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