2015 AAUP In the News

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 | 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.”

05.15.2014 | 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.

05.13.2014 | 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."

05.06.2014 | Campuses Alter Sex Crime Responses

""The stark fact is that alleged attackers almost uniformly go unpunished, and many victims of sexual assault believe that no reporting or disciplinary process will produce justice,' according to a blunt 2012 report by the AAUP."