Report of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2012–13

The 2012–13 Committee A report includes both judicial and legislative activities. The judicial work of Committee A involves the imposition and removal of censure. In 2011–12, three institutions were placed on the list of censured administrations, and none were removed. In 2012–13, two administrations were censured, and two others were removed from the censure list. In one case, however, positive developments subsequent to our investigation led the committee to defer any recommendation on censure and instead to monitor developments and report back to the annual meeting in June 2014.

In legislative activity, Committee A completed its work, begun in June 2011, on a report entitled The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency and approved associated revisions to the AAUP’s Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. This new policy and these revised regulations are certainly timely, given that both administrations placed on the censure list this year claimed that layoffs of tenured faculty members were necessitated by financial difficulties. Committee A has also initiated a review and revision of the Association’s policy statement Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications, adopted in 2004. The committee hopes to present a final revision to the Council prior to the 2014 annual meeting. 

Read the full report, published in the 2013 Bulletin of the AAUP, at http://www.aaup.org/sites/default/files/files/2013%20Bulletin/commareport.pdf.