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 AAUP committees and governing bodies, and at times in cooperation with other organizations.

Policy Statements

Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 1940.

Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings. 1958.

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

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

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

The Use and Abuse of Faculty Suspensions. 2008. 

 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.

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.

Post-tenure Review. 1999 revision.

 On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes. 1994.

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

 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure

 Member only content

Academic Freedom and the Law

Legal Round-Up: What’s New and Noteworthy for Higher Education? By AAUP Counsel. These yearly legal roundups summarize and highlight significant court decisions and legal developments on this topic.

AAUP Amicus Briefs. Summaries of, and links to, AAUP Amicus Briefs filed in cases involving Academic Freedom.

Legal Cases Affecting Academic Speech. Summaries of recent important cases affecting academic speech.

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.

AAUP Informational Resources

Speak Up, Speak Out: Protect the Faculty Voice. An AAUP issue campaign, with supporting material, that was undertaken to enhance academic freedom at public colleges and universities.

Webinars on Committee A Work at the Chapter and Conference Level. This series of three webinars presented by Donna Young and Hans-Joerg Tiede focused on local matters related to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure:

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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