Academic Freedom and Tenure: Grove City College

Although a faculty member had been criticized adversely by the administration of Grove City College for his grade distribution and for his performance in teaching the Ancient History course, these criticisms apparently had not been presented to him as a warning concerning possible dismissal action.  Although the dismissal of the faculty member was for stated cause,  the administration denied this faculty member due process and neither a Board committee nor the Board announced a formal decision regarding the teacher's dismissal.  The absence of due process in this case raises grave doubts regarding the academic security of any persons who may hold appointment at Grove City College under existing administrative practice. 

The dismissal action in this case was accompanied by collateral controversy, disclosure of unusual attendant circumstances, and frequent display of emotion. Many of these elements were reported in the press and by radio and television broadcast.  Therefore, the investigating committee additionally issued  a set of Supplementary Observations and these are included in this report..

The text of this report was written by the members of the investigating committee. In accordance with Association practice, that text was sent (a) to the Association's standing Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (Committee A), and (b) to the teacher at whose request the investigation was conducted and the Administration of Grove City College. In the light of the suggestions received, and with the editorial assistance of the Association staff, the report was revised and published in the Spring 1963 issue of Academe.