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The AAUP sent a letter to New York University president Andrew Hamilton to express concern about the academic freedom implications of a decision by the Zoom webinar platform to cancel an event hosted by the NYU chapter of the AAUP and co-sponsored by NYU departments and institutes. The event was organized to protest Zoom's previous censorship of a webinar at San Francisco State University.

The University of Akron has been added to the AAUP’s ongoing investigation of the crisis in academic governance that has occurred in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association’s concerns regard actions taken by the University of Akron administration to terminate the appointments of ninety-six full-time faculty members in a manner that appears to have departed from normative standards of academic governance.

In this election, democracy as a concept is on the ballot. A well-functioning democracy requires respect for rules and standards, and respect for the rule of law. A vibrant democracy demands an educated citizenry and a free press. We need to vote for norms and standards, the rule of law, racial justice, social justice, and decision making with integrity based on reasoned arguments and expert knowledge. We need to vote for a living wage, for access to health care, for access to affordable high quality public higher education as a common good. To be silent now is to be complicit.

The report will reach findings on whether there have been departures from AAUP-supported principles and standards of academic governance, and may explore other issues, such as the effects of unilaterally imposed mass layoffs on academic freedom and tenure, the enrollment and financial challenges facing many institutions, and the impact of these challenges on higher education, especially the humanities and liberal arts.

AAUP president Irene Mulvey issued a statement on September 9 calling on faculty and administrations to condemn President Trump's attack on critical race theory and to actively support the work of critical race theorists and other academics who offer indispensable resources for understanding the past and present and for building a more racially just society.

The AAUP sent a letter to the president of Illinois Wesleyan University and to the chair of the university's board of trustees regarding action taken by the board to discontinue programs in anthropology, French, Italian, and religious studies and potential termination of tenured appointments. 

AAUP in the News

Fri, 11/13/2020  |  Courier-Post

"This is a victory for transparency at a public institution that needs to be responsible to its students, its workers, and the people of New Jersey,” said Todd Wolfson, president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents more than 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate workers, in a statement.

Wed, 11/04/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Gerry Canavan, a professor of literature and secretary-treasurer of AAUP Marquette chapter, said the cuts are being presented to the faculty, "as a done deal," and that association feels the university has not adequately consulted the Faculty Council, as is required by the Faculty Handbook.

Mon, 11/02/2020  |  Akron Beacon Journal

The University of Akron is demanding the AAUP end its "interference" in the university's operations following the layoffs of dozens of faculty members this summer.

Fri, 10/23/2020  |  The Nation

The administration of The New School has sought the services of a firm founded by alumni of Enron-affiliated Arthur Andersen is detailed in an article written, in part, by the AAUP-TNS Media Collective.

Sat, 10/24/2020  |  Buzzfeed News

Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at NYU who organized the event in conjunction with the AAUP - NYU chapter, called the situation “absurdist.”

Wed, 10/21/2020  |  Hartford Courant

CSU-AAUP President Patty O’Neill said members of the school communities should be celebrating that they’ve made it to midterms. Instead, they met on the steps of Davidson Hall at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain because “the core mission of the four state universities is being threatened.”

Wed, 09/30/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Henry Reichman, chair of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure explains that, "tenure has never been about rewarding achievement, but about protecting academic freedom." The new proposal "reflects the notion that business is a model for everything, including education," and the AAUP does not agree, he said.

Mon, 09/21/2020  |  Boston Globe

The American Association of University Professors last month called on institutions to provide adjunct professors with paid sick leave, eligibility for unemployment benefits, paid training for online teaching, contract extensions, and other better working conditions during the pandemic, calling adjuncts “the tiny and invisible lines of connection between institutions and students” and warning that “the future of the profession is at stake.”

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