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

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2011
Contact: Jordan Kurland

Washington, DC—Delegates to the Ninety-seventh Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted on June 11 to place Bethune Cookman University (.pdf) on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations. Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure jointly formulated by the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and endorsed by more than 200 professional and educational organizations. In addition, the annual meeting voted to remove the University of New Orleans (.pdf)  and Loyola University New Orleans  from its censured administration list. With this action, 49  institutions are now on the censure list. A special  AAUP committee was commissioned five years ago. With these two censures removed (.pdf) by the 2011 Annual Meeting, the work of this special committee is happily brought to closure. 

In addition, the delegates voted to sanction Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (.pdf) and Idaho State University. Institutions are sanctioned for infringement of governance standards after AAUP investigations revealed serious departures from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by the AAUP.


The full investigation reports (.pdf):


Academic Freedom and Tenure: Bethune-Cookman University

Report of an AAUP Special Committee: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Universities


College and University Governance: Idaho State University

College and University Governance: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Media Contact: 
Jordan Kurland
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 13, 2011