Academic Freedom and Tenure: Talladega College

This report deals with actions taken by the administration of Talladega College in late May 1985 to terminate the services of three professors without affording them the protections of due process. Additionally, the administration's actions in these cases, coupled with revised institutional regulations that restrict faculty prerogatives and remove safeguards of academic due process, have left academic freedom in jeopardy at Talladega College.


The text of this report was written in the first instance 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 members at whose request the investigation was conducted, to the administration of Talladega 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 1986 issue of Academe.