2014 News

06.05.2014 | Input Not Wanted

AAUP member Robert O’Neil said it was “crucial and compelling” to involve the faculty in presidential searches. “At whatever level, substantial faculty involvement in senior administrative searches strikes me as crucial.  Especially against a history of prior involvement, the [Nebraska] modification strikes me as regrettable.”

05.29.2014 | U. of Oregon’s New Academic-Freedom Policy Protects Students and Staff

The policy has been heralded as among the nation’s strongest by the institution’s fledgling faculty union, United Academics of the University of Oregon, which is affiliated with both the AAUP and the AFT.

05.29.2014 | Transparency vs. Censorship

Just last month, Virginia’s high court upheld UVA’s right not to disclose a professor’s emails about his work on climate change to a conservative organization that requested their release under FOIA. Now the university is again being asked to disclose a faculty member’s email correspondence and other personal records

 

05.21.2014 | When Academic Freedoms and Modern Media Collide

Policies that restrict such freedom will only undermine the ability of colleges and universities to fulfill their mission and serve the common good. And institutions that fail to defend academic freedom — in social media or anywhere else — almost always end up harming themselves most of all.

05.20.2014 | Tongue-Tied on Campus

The AAUP's Hank Reichman joins a New York Times discussion on "trigger warnings" and the protests from students outraged by their institutions’ choice of graduation speaker.

05.15.2014 | Out of Balance

AAUP member James Todd not only read the AAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, he decided to do something about it and wrote this well written letter to the editor of his local newspaper.

05.15.2014 | Strict Social Media Policy Approved By Kansas Board Of Regents

“The most disturbing aspects of what they have done, is they have connected punitive measures to lawful speech,” Ron Barrett-Gonzalez said. “We believe that not only runs against the principles of academic freedom but the principles of free speech in our very nation.”

05.13.2014 | IMF's Lagarde Won't Speak at Smith, Part of a Growing List

Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP, defended the rights of students and faculty to protest, petition and otherwise make their voices heard, saying, "There's a long history of protests in the United States; that's what we were founded on, and I think student protests are partially an introduction to democracy."

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