2015 AAUP Updates

09.13.2011 | Unconstitutional Speech Restrictions On Hold

A proposed new electronic communications policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was "put on hold" after the AAUP and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education warned, in a joint letter, that it would restrict student and faculty speech. 

09.10.2011 | Countering the Chilling Effect of FOIA Requests on Scholarship

Read a new issue brief on how to protect both academic freedom and the public’s right to know.

08.18.2011 | While Lauding New DOE Guidance on Sexual Harassment, the AAUP Raises Academic Freedom Concerns

On August 18, the AAUP wrote to the Department of Education to laud the department’s efforts to address systemic gender inequalities in the US educational system. 

08.12.2011 | AAUP Legal Brief Supports Prof Who Spoke Out

The AAUP has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of Loretta Capeheart, a tenured professor at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). 

08.11.2011 | UVA Should Protect Its Scientists

The AAUP joined with three other groups in writing a letter to University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan urging her to reconsider a May 2011 agreement the university made with the American Tradition Institute. 

06.16.2011 | The AAUP Congratulates Our Chapters and Conferences

In order to encourage and recognize membership growth in AAUP chapters and state conferences, the national AAUP announced that it would award travel scholarships to the conferences and chapters who had the highest numbers of new members (both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the total faculty). 

04.20.2011 | Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern Pen Open Letter on Campus Antisemitism

On April 20, 2011, AAUP president Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee published an open letter on the topic of campus antisemitism, and especially how it related to Title VI regulations about discrimination in federally funded programs. The letter was written in response to several recent allegations of antisemitism at campuses around the country.

03.28.2011 | "Obvious Assault on Academic Freedom"

Update 4/12/11: At their recent meeting, the American Conference for Irish Studies passed a resolution supporting "the American Association of University Professors's efforts on behalf of academic freedom, shared governance, and tenure in Higher Education, and it endorses Chancellor Martin's affirmation of the value of academic freedom in her April 1 letter to the campus community."