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Academic Freedom and Tenure: University of Texas Medical Branch

The report of the investigating committee concerns the actions taken by the administration of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, after a declaration of financial exigency at that institution by the University of Texas Board of Regents, to terminate the appointments of more than 120 faculty members, approximately one-third of them tenured. The actions followed a suspension of operations at the medical branch and its affected hospital as a result of the devastation inflicted on September 13, 2008, by Hurricane Ike. Faculty members received between six and nine months of notice, depending on their tenure status and length of service.

Texas Medical Branch Report and Council Record Online

An ad hoc investigating committee’s report on the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been posted on the AAUP’s Web site, having been authorized for publication by the Association’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. The report deals with the administration’s action, following a declaration of financial exigency after Hurricane Ike struck in 2008, to terminate over one hundred faculty appointments, including more than forty with tenure.

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