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College and University Government: Miami-Dade Community College

Report concerning the action taken by the administration of Miami-Dade Community College to abolish the existing system of academic government at the institution following a faculty vote in favor of collective bargaining and to replace it with a wholly new system of governance.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Bennington College

Report dealing with a declaration of financial exigency as justification for terminating the appointments of presumptively tenured faculty.

Statement on Multiple Authorship

Statement on issues that arise when multiple authors contribute to a work.

The Assignment of Course Grades and Student Appeals

Report concerning the right of an instructor to assign grades and the procedures for student appeals.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Alaska Pacific University

Report discussing the issues of financial exigency, due process, relocation, and program discontinuance at Alaska Pacific University

Academic Freedom and Tenure:St. Bonaventure University

Report arising from the termination of the appointments of eighteen tenured faculty members, on grounds of financial exigency, at St. Bonaventure University.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Garland County Community College

Report regarding tenure and the lack of due process in dismissal proceedings at Garland County Community College.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Saint Meinrad School of Theology

Report concerning the dismissal of a faculty member from the Saint Meinrad School of Theology for having signed an open letter to Pope John Paul II asking that continued discussion be permitted concerning the question of ordaining women to the priesthood.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Report regarding action taken by the administration of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to dismiss five senior members of the faculty without cause and without hearings.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Brigham Young University

Report concerning academic freedom at Brigham Young University, a religiously affiliated university and the denial of tenure.

Academic Freedom and Tenure University of the District of Columbia

Report concerning the actions by the administration of the University of the District of Columbia to terminate of 125 faculty members.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Lawrence Technological University

Report concerning the actions taken by the administration of Lawrence Technological University regarding appointment termination following a decision to discontinue the undergraduate programs in business management.

On Academic Boycotts

A report discussing academic boycotts and relevant AAUP policies, and making recommendations.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: University of Northern Iowa

Report examining the move last year by the administration of the University of Northern Iowa to discontinue nearly one-fifth of the university’s academic programs and close the university’s laboratory school. More than fifty faculty members were threatened with layoffs, and numerous tenured professors were constructively dismissed.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University

Report finding administrators discontinued or consolidated academic programs and arbitrarily selected certain tenured professors in the programs for termination of appointment.

The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments

The proportion of faculty appointments that are “contingent”—lacking the benefits and protections of tenure and a planned long-term relationship with an institution—has increased dramatically over the past few decades. The structures of faculty governance, however, as well as AAUP policies on the subject, tend to assume a faculty that is primarily full time and on the tenure track. This report examines the issues and makes recommendations on how contingent faculty should be included in institutional governance.

The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency

Recent years have witnessed massive closings of academic programs that are basic to a college or university’s curriculum, with a resulting erosion in the number and the authority of the tenured faculty.  The AAUP responded last month when its Council adopted as official policy the final text of a major report, The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency.  

Freedom and Responsibility

Statement addressing the ethical responsibilities that go along with academic freedom.

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