Censure List

This list is published for the purpose of informing Association members, the profession at large, and the public that unsatisfactory conditions of academic freedom and tenure have been found to prevail at these institutions.

CAUT Censures University

The AAUP’s list of censured administrations is published regularly by the Canadian Association of University Teachers in its CAUT Bulletin, and we in turn have agreed to inform the AAUP membership of CAUT’s censure actions.

Tulane Censure Removed

A series of favorable developments at Tulane University led the Association’s 2009 annual meeting to delegate authority to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure to remove Tulane from the censure list once the university administration provided assurance that it would not cite the removal as a defense in any litigation. Having received a response that it deemed suitable, the committee at its November meeting acted to lift the Tulane University censure.

AAUP Censures Two Administrations and Sanctions One

 Clark Atlanta University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have been placed on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations and Antioch University on its list of sanctioned institutions. 

Canadian Censures

The council of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) at its April 2010 meeting acted to remove the censure of the administration of First Nations University. The censure, imposed in November 2008, was based on concerns over governance issues that had led to attacks on academic freedom. CAUT executive director James Turk reported that the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations approved substantial changes in the university’s structure that satisfactorily addressed these concerns.

AAUP Censures One, Sanctions Two, and Removes Censure from Two

Delegates to the Ninety-seventh Annual Meeting of the AAUP  voted on June 11 to place Bethune Cookman University on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations. In addition, the delegates voted to sanction Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Idaho State University. The annual meeting also voted to remove the University of New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans  from its censured administration list.

AAUP Censures Three Louisiana Administrations

Delegates to the Ninety-eighth Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted on June 16 to place Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, as well as Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond (both components of the University of Louisiana System) on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations.

Developments Relating to Association Censure

The Association’s staff has prepared the following brief accounts of significant developments during the past year at institutions that appear on the AAUP’s list of administrations censured for serious departures from AAUP-supported standards of academic freedom and tenure. The staff has no significant developments this past year to report regarding institutions on the AAUP’s list of institutions sanctioned for infringing AAUP-supported governance standards.

Developments Relating to Censure by the Association

Acting on behalf of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, members of the Association’s staff communicate during the course of each year with administrations under censure. The staff offers its assistance and that of Committee A in bringing about changes at the institutions that would enable the committee to recommend to the annual meeting that the censure be removed.

Developments Relating to Association Censure and Sanction

The following are brief accounts by the Association’s staff of significant developments over the past year involving administrations censured by the AAUP (for not observing principles of academic freedom and tenure) and institutions sanctioned by the AAUP (for infringement of governance standards). The accounts are in chronological order, according to the date of imposition of the censure or sanction.


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