Academic Freedom

Current Research Review System Threatens Academic Freedom, New Report Say

Local institutional review boards, which make decisions about the permissibility of research, often have no special competence; the AAUP recommends improvements. (9/4)

The Climate-Change Wars

Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up. Raymond S. Bradley. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.

Resources on Academic Freedom

AAUP Policy Statements, Reports, & Analysis 

The policies published in the AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports, also known as the "Redbook," have been formulated by standing and special AAUP committees and governing bodies, and at times in cooperation with other organizations.

Enlisting the Social Sciences

Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State. David H. Price. Petrolia, CA: CounterPunch and AK Press, 2011.

Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom

The Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have released an advisory statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom.

An Open Letter from the AAUP to the Yale Community

A letter to the Yale University community expressing the AAUP’s growing concern about the character and impact of the university’s collaboration with the Singaporean government in establishing Yale-National University of Singapore College; we are concerned about the implications of the undertaking for academic freedom and the maintenance of educational standards at Yale and elsewhere.

An Open Letter to the Yale Community

Letter raising concerns about the implications of the university's undertaking for academic freedom and the maintenance of educational standards at Yale and elsewhere.

On the Relationship of Faculty Governance to Academic Freedom

Report linking the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the Association's 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities. 

Freedom and Responsibility

Statement addressing the ethical responsibilities that go along with academic freedom.

AAUP Releases Statement on Confidentiality in Academic Governance

A draft statement released in November by the AAUP argues that requiring faculty members to sign confidentiality agreements as a condition of serving on university committees is in most cases inconsistent with widely accepted standards of shared governance and with the concept of serving as a faculty representative. This argument does not apply to those serving on promotion and tenure committees and similar bodies, where faculty members do not serve as representatives but instead are elected to exercise their own professional judgment in interpreting and applying relevant criteria.

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