2015 AAUP Updates

11.12.2015 | Principles of Academic Due Process

Long-serving full-time faculty members on renewable term appointments should be afforded the same procedural protections against involuntary separation as tenured faculty members.

11.12.2015 | "Campus Carry" Laws

In a statement issued today, the AAUP and three other groups support efforts to make college campuses as safe and weapon-free as possible. We oppose “campus carry” laws and encourage colleges and universities to embrace critical incident planning that includes faculty and staff and to advise all faculty and staff of these plans. 

11.05.2015 | Developments in the University of Wisconsin System

The AAUP issued a statement about policies drafted by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents following the removal of tenure and shared governance protections from Wisconsin state law. In spite of prior assurances by the Regents that policies would respect AAUP standards and principles, recommendations currently under consideration include proposals for post-tenure review that raise serious concerns.

11.04.2015 | Brief Supports Diversity in Admissions

Joining in an amicus brief filed by the American Council on Education on October 30 in the US Supreme Court case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the AAUP reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to promoting the educational value of diversity. This is the second time the Supreme Court has considered Fisher’s challenge to the use of race as a consideration in the University of Texas’s holistic admissions process and the fourth time the AAUP has joined an amicus brief in the case.

11.03.2015 | Statement on Presidential Searches

Responding to controversies about confidential presidential searches at a number of campuses around the country, the AAUP issued a statement on November 3 asserting that presidential searches should include public campus visits and faculty participation in the selection process. The statement calls attention to existing AAUP recommendations and specifies steps governing boards should take to avoid violating shared governance principles. 

10.26.2015 | Campus Equity Week Is Here!

Campus Equity Week is kicking off on Capitol Hill today with a congressional briefing offering policy solutions to legislators to help transform working conditions for adjunct or contingent faculty, who constitute 75 percent of the teaching faculty in higher education in the US. Contingent faculty typically work without job security, for low wages, and without access to the working conditions that underlie student learning. CEW is supported by a large coalition of faculty activists and organizations of all sizes.

10.19.2015 | Nominations Invited for 2016 Election

The Association’s Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2016. Nominations are due by Monday, December 14, 2015.

10.13.2015 | AAUP Committee Endorses October 15 Graduate Employee Day of Action

On Thursday, October 15, 2015 graduate employees at universities throughout the country are standing up in defense of their right to form unions and bargain collectively with their employers. The AAUP Committee on Graduate and Professional Students issued a statement a statement of solidarity in support of this day of action.