2017 Media Releases

08.14.2017 | AAUP Statement Regarding Charlottesville

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum and first vice president Henry Reichman speak out following events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. "We stand with students, educators, their families, and communities across the country working for equitable and welcoming environments where it is safe to exist, learn, and peacefully disagree and debate. Our members, chapters and state conferences will work with faculty members, students, and college leaders, uniting and organizing with allies and in our communities to resist hate and fight for a just society."

08.02.2017 | AAUP Responds to DOJ Affirmative Action Initiative

For four decades, the AAUP has taken a leadership role in affirmative action debates, emphasizing the educational value of diversity. While we hope that any prosecutions will be consistent with current Supreme Court precedents upholding the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions programs, the AAUP will join with other organizations and individuals in higher education to vigorously defend the value of diversity and the rights of faculty and institutions to determine for themselves appropriate admissions standards in service of the common good.

07.14.2017 | Academic Freedom Prevails at Trinity College

In a victory for academic freedom, the administration of Trinity College in Connecticut acknowledged today that Professor Johnny Williams’s social media posts “were protected by academic freedom and did not violate Trinity College policies.”

06.17.2017 | AAUP Removes Two from Academic Freedom Censure List, Adds Two

Delegates to the 103rd annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors voted today to remove the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas from the AAUP’s list of administrations censured for violating principles and standards of academic freedom. The vote recognized that both institutions had successfully amended problematic policies and addressed the conditions that had brought about the original censure. Delegates also voted to impose censure on Spalding University (Kentucky) and the Community College of Aurora (Colorado), based on investigations conducted this year that revealed serious departures from principles and standards of academic freedom at those institutions.

05.16.2017 | “I Was a Threat Because I Wouldn’t Be Quiet”

A professor at Spalding University was abruptly fired after she questioned the handling of a gun incident.

05.08.2017 | University of Chicago Graduate Employees File to Form Union

Today, a strong majority of graduate employees at the University of Chicago filed authorization cards to hold a union recognition election. The union will be affiliated with the AAUP, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of Teachers.

04.11.2017 | Colleges Balancing Books on Backs of Part-Time Faculty, Out-of-State Students

This year's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession is based on the largest faculty compensation survey in the United States. Beyond looking at faculty compensation based on rank, gender, and regional variation, it highlights state appropriations trends based on political control and examines the unsustainable practice of out-of-state students subsidizing state schools.

03.29.2017 | Academic Freedom Violations Found at Community College of Aurora

The AAUP investigated the case of a part-time faculty member fired by Colorado’s Community College of Aurora in disregard of basic principles and standards of academic freedom.

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