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AAUP Updates

The AAUP joins eighteen attorneys generals who urge the Department of Education to “suspend the rulemaking process for the proposed regulations implementing Title IX” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The AAUP has created a new FAQ page on AAUP principles and standards for the COVID-19 crisis.

The Emory University Faculty Hearing Committee has found that the Emory administration failed to demonstrate adequate cause for dismissing tenured law professor Paul Zwier for his classroom use of the n-word, which the AAUP had defended as protected speech under principles of academic freedom.

The AAUP, together with its organizing partner the American Federation of Teachers, has formulated principles to guide higher education's response to COVID-19.

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum has issued a statement on campus responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The AAUP has created a resource page for the higher ed community on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Remarks from Henry Reichman, second vice president of the AAUP and chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, read at a March 2 press conference held by faculty organizing group  in support of striking UC Santa Cruz graduate workers.

The AAUP's Council has issued the following statement of support for the striking graduate student workers at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The AAUP sent a letter today to the administration of Babson College regarding the case of Asheen Phansey, a part-time faculty member who was summarily dismissed on January 9 after posting a jocular comment on Facebook concerning President Trump’s tweeted threat to bomb Iranian cultural sites.

AAUP in the News

Wed, 03/25/2020  |  The Daily Beast

The AAUP’s Hans-Joerg Tiede on exposés of liberal bias: “For all the concern these days that conservatives are expressing for free expression in universities, activities such as these seem to indicate a different interest in the suppression of views.”

Wed, 03/11/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

In an article about the impact of COVID-19, AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum said he is hearing from members that decisions about closing campuses or moving instruction online “are being made without adequate faculty involvement in decision-making.”

Mon, 03/02/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed cites the AAUP Council's statement of support for striking graduate student workers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Fri, 02/21/2020  |  Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State University’s presidential search committee intends to keep the names of job finalists concealed until it has a final candidate. "We think it’s a terrible development,” said John McNay, president of the Ohio Conference of the AAUP. University boards have adopted a more corporate style of management favoring private searches, said McNay, but as public institutions, “we’re not corporations, we’re not producing widgets. We’re trying to educate students.”

Tue, 02/18/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee's University Relations department informed the UWM-AAUP chapter that an image promoting an upcoming sponsored talk, Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump, was too "partisan." But after being widely condemned by multiple groups and people on social media, the department reversed its decision a day later. 


Sat, 02/08/2020  |  Toledo Blade

The Ohio Conference of the AAUP has opposed the Open and Robust Minds Act, in testimony submitted to a Senate committee. “If legislation like this would be approved, thus taking these decisions out of the hands of the institutions, we would expect that the legislature would also provide funding to cover the costs of the crowds and necessary security that hosting controversial speakers would entail.” 

Wed, 02/05/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Loyola University's AAUP chapter releases a report countering the university's justification for major cuts to its English Language Learning Program, writing that the cuts “have harmed our financial bottom line and fiscal vitality . . . and this dramatic reversal of course has taken place outside of the established channels for academic decision-making laid out in Loyola’s own procedures."

Sat, 01/25/2020  |  Daily Camera

Colorado AAUP leaders write in an op-ed about the financial dire straits faced by adjunct faculty who do most of the instruction in community colleges.

E-mail Updates


Upcoming Events

June 18, 2020 to June 21, 2020

The June 18–21 AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting includes plenary sessions, a Friday night reception, an awards and recognition luncheon, and peer-to-peer sessions in addition to meetings of the AAUP Council and the meeting plenary.

July 23, 2020 to July 26, 2020

The 2020 AAUP Summer Institute is coming to Reno! We’re excited to announce that the University of Nevada, Reno, is the site of this year’s program, to be held July 23–26.


Due to concerns about COVID-19, the AAUP office has transitioned to telework until at least April 24. The best way to reach staff members is to write to the appropriate email address for the staff member or department you need to contact. Please consult the AAUP staff page for guidance. 

Three officer positions—president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer—and two at-large Council positions are open for election. 

Did you know that the AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

See open positions and learn how to apply.