Garcetti v. Ceballos

Protect the Faculty Voice

In the face of unprecedented threats to academic freedom at public colleges and universities, the AAUP launched an awareness and action campaign called "Speak Up, Speak Out: Protect the Faculty Voice on Campus."

The AAUP Action Plan for Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice

It is essential that faculty members have the freedom to speak on topics important to both the academic community and the public as a whole. At public colleges and universities across the country, however, faculty are facing a very real and serious threat to their academic freedom and speech rights. 

How-to and Success Stories and Policies

The pieces below were written by faculty who have spearheaded successful efforts to amend policies on their campuses in order to protect the right of faculty to participate in shared governance.  We have also compiled a summary of policies passed at public institutions and organizations in response to post-Garcetti threats to academic freedom and shared governance; we hope the chart below is useful in your efforts to implement similar language.  See also the end of the subcommittee’s report  (.pdf) or executive summary for suggested policy language.

Defending Academic Freedom in the Age of Garcetti

As the 2006 Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos continues to reverberate in academe, the best way for faculty members to defend their academic freedom is not through the courts but through clear university policies.

Academic Freedom In Contentious Practice

Knowledge In The Making: Academic Freedom And Free Speech in America's Schools And Universities. Joan DelFattore. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010.


AAUP Legal Brief Supports Prof Who Spoke Out

The AAUP has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of Loretta Capeheart, a tenured professor at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). 

Amicus Brief Supports Faculty Speech Rights

The AAUP recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of Loretta Capeheart, a tenured professor of justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University. The case is the latest in a series of cases in which lower courts have relied on the US Supreme Court’s 2006 decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, which stated that a public employee can be disciplined for speech made as part of the employee’s official duties.

University of California Affirms Faculty Free Speech Rights

The University of California Board of Regents has affirmed the right of faculty to speak out about institutional matters without fear of reprisal.

The Changing Media and Academic Freedom

The media have been both enemies and allies of faculty in the fight for academic freedom during the past century.


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