Academic Freedom

Threat to Academic Freedom in Virginia

7/6/10 Update: A Pennsylvania State University investigative committee cleared Michael Mann of ethical misconduct.  

Academic Freedom in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State Senate has unanimously passed a law requiring faculty members to choose "the least expensive, educationally sound textbooks." This vague and possibly unenforceable standard undermines the right of faculty members to select the best textbook. 

Virginia Attorney General Vs. Science

10/21 update: On 10/20, the University of Virginia made two court filings in its fight against Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli's harassment of climate scientist Michael Mann. 

"Kneecapping" Academic Freedom

This year, across the nation, state legislators and powerful corporate interests with financial ties to universities and influence over them have launched an unprecedented number of attacks on law school clinics.

BP, Corporate R&D, and the University

Some lessons from the oil spill are simple: public universities should not agree to restrictive contracts that limit research, publication, or transparency.

The Life and Death of Academic Freedom

The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University. Ellen Schrecker. New York: New Press, 2010.

Bethune-Cookman Report Now Online

An Association investigating committee report on Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, now published on the AAUP’s Web site, deals with the 2009 dismissal of four professors and the termination of the services of three additional faculty members. The stated reasons for these actions ranged from charges of sexual harassment of students to claims of insufficient academic credentials to the purported need to reduce the size of the faculty for financial reasons.

Defending Academic Freedom in the Age of Garcetti

As the 2006 Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos continues to reverberate in academe, the best way for faculty members to defend their academic freedom is not through the courts but through clear university policies.

Academic Freedom and the Corporate University

Commercial threats on campus have mounted—from industry control of research and corporate ghostwriting to restrictive sponsored-research agreements and intellectual property deals that place profits ahead of public health.

Report on Controversial Personnel Decisions

Politically controversial cases involving college and university teachers spurred the founding of the AAUP and have frequently recurred.

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