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Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman Report Now Online

An Association investigating committee report on Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, now published on the AAUP’s Web site, deals with the 2009 dismissal of four professors and the termination of the services of three additional faculty members. The stated reasons for these actions ranged from charges of sexual harassment of students to claims of insufficient academic credentials to the purported need to reduce the size of the faculty for financial reasons.

AAUP Censures One, Sanctions Two, and Removes Censure from Two

Delegates to the Ninety-seventh Annual Meeting of the AAUP  voted on June 11 to place Bethune Cookman University on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations. In addition, the delegates voted to sanction Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Idaho State University. The annual meeting also voted to remove the University of New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans  from its censured administration list.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Bethune-Cookman University

Report dealing with due process, tenure, sexual harassment, and financial exigency in 2009 at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black university. The report concerns the actions taken by the administration to suspend and then dismiss four professors, two with tenure, without having demonstrated cause for its actions in hearings before faculty peers. The report also deals with the administration's actions to terminate the appoint ments of three other professors without advance notice, without affording academic due process, and in two cases without the protections of due process that under the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure should have been provided because of the length of their service.

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