Investigations

Crisis at the University of Northern Iowa

The University of Iowa AAUP chapter issued a statement of support for and solidarity with its sister AAUP chapter at the University of Northern Iowa. Read more about the situtation at Northern Iowa.

Layoffs at Two Louisiana Universities Violated Academic Standards

This is the third major report in five years published by the AAUP as a result of investigations in Louisiana. (4/12)

AAUP Investigating Governance Issues at UVA

On June 8, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors asked for and obtained the resignation of Teresa Sullivan from the presidency of the university without explanation to her, the other chief administrative officers, or the university’s faculty and student body of the specific grounds for its displeasure with her performance.

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.

AAUP Releases Investigative Report on UVA

The report documents a major breakdown in governance at UVA, focusing on the role of the board of visitors and its rector, Helen Dragas, who initiated the effort to force the president’s resignation.

AAUP Releases Investigative Report on SUBR

This report investigates the declaration of financial exigency at Southern University, Baton Rouge (SUBR), and the subsequent terminations of tenured professors and restructuring of academic programs. 

No Justification for Tenure Terminations at National Louis University

This report concludes that administrators at National Louis University had no acceptable financial or educational justification for discontinuing fourteen academic programs, closing four departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and terminating the appointments of at least sixty-three full-time faculty members.

Terminations of Tenured Faculty Appointments at SUBR

An AAUP investigating committee’s report on Southern University, Baton Rouge, focuses on the termination of nineteen tenured faculty appointments in spring 2012. The actions followed a declaration of financial exigency in October 2011 by Southern University’s board of supervisors in response to a budgetary shortfall and a concurrent plan to reorganize SUBR by reducing the number of its colleges from nine to five.

Mass Terminations of Full-Time Faculty Appointments at NLU

An AAUP investigative report on National Louis University deals with the administration’s actions in spring 2012 to discontinue nine degree programs and five nondegree certificate programs, to close four departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and to terminate the appointments of at least sixty-three full-time faculty members, sixteen with tenure. Administrators cited financial problems and the likelihood of deficit budgets for 2012 and 2013, but at no point did they assert that a condition of financial exigency existed.

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