FAQs for Faculty After the 2016 Election

The AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers prepared and distributed resources addressing frequently asked questions about discussing the 2016 election in the classroom, responding to intimidation and threats, and other issues. Following an unprecedented spike in hate crimes and threats, both physical and verbal, on college and university campuses in the United States after the election, it includes information on what is protected classroom speech and conduct and what is not and gives attention to non-tenure-track faculty members, saying that they “may be especially vulnerable in a highly politicized environment. All faculty must commit to ensuring that nontenured colleagues are supported and protected through enforcement of collective bargaining agreements, faculty handbooks, and other actions from political and popular pressures that lead to arbitrary dismissals or nonrenewal of contracts.”

The document, "Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty in the Wake of the 2016 Election," is available, along with other resources for faculty, in the "FAQs" section of the AAUP website.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017