Academic Freedom and Tenure: Hillsdale College

The administration of Hillsdale College denied a faculty member procedural safeguards to which he was entitled under the Association's Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments. The absence of these procedures leaves the Hillsdale College faculty poorly protected against any improper administrative action. Further, there is prima facie evidence that the Hillsdale College administration's decision to notify this professor of nonreappointment when it did was determined by activity that should have been protected under generally accepted principles of academic freedom.


The text of this report was written by the members of the investigating committee. In accordance with Association practice, the text was then edited by the Association's staff, and, as revised, with the concurrence of the investigating committee, was submitted to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. With the approval of Committee A it was subsequently sent to the faculty member at whose request the inquiry was conducted, to the administration of Hillsdale College, and to other persons concerned in the report. In the light of the responses received and with the editorial assistance of the Association's staff, this report was published in the May-June 1988 issue of Academe.