2016 Media Releases

12.01.2016 | New Report: Student Journalism Under Fire

The American Association of University Professors, the College Media Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Student Press Law Center released a report, Threats to the Independence of Student Media, shining a light on threats to student media and reaffirming and expanding upon basic principles of a free student press.

10.24.2016 | AAUP to Investigate Community College of Aurora

The AAUP will formally investigate the dismissal of a part-time (adjunct) professor at the Community College of Aurora in Colorado. The investigation will examine the facts of the case to determine whether widely accepted principles of academic freedom, necessary for educational quality, have been violated.

10.20.2016 | AAUP Supports APSCUF in Struggle for Quality Education, Fair Contract

Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the American Association of University Professors, and Howard Bunsis, chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress issued a solidarity statement supporting colleagues in Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and University Faculties (APSCUF) in their struggle for a fair contract and ensuring quality education in Pennsylvania.

06.18.2016 | Censure and Sanction Actions

Today, delegates to the 102nd Annual Meeting of the AAUP voted to place the College of Saint Rose and the University of Missouri (Columbia) on the AAUP’s list of administrations censured for violating standards of academic freedom and tenure. The annual meeting also voted to remove from the censure list two institutions: Metropolitan Community College in Missouri and Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Grove City College had been on the censure list since 1963, longer than any other institution. 

06.13.2016 | Northern Illinois University Faculty Form Union

The new faculty union at Northern Illinois University is now certified. The United Faculty Alliance of Northern Illinois University (UFA), has broad support across campus and is made up of over 600 faculty members. They plan to bargain a first contract that will direct needed resources to the classroom.

05.19.2016 | AAUP Issues Investigative Report on University of Missouri Melissa Click Case

The AAUP issued an investigative report concerning the action taken by the board of curators of the University of Missouri system to dismiss Professor Melissa A. Click, an assistant professor of communication, from the faculty of the University of Missouri.  

05.04.2016 | AAUP Issues Investigative Report on College of Saint Rose

The AAUP released report on unilateral actions taken by the administration and board of the College of Saint Rose in New York to reduce or eliminate twenty-seven academic programs and thereby to terminate twenty-three tenured and tenure-track appointments. The report concludes that the cuts and layoffs, “the result of a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels,” undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless.

04.29.2016 | AFI Conservatory Faculty Votes for Union

In an election this week, the vast majority of eighty-one part-time and full-time faculty at the AFI Conservatory voted to form a union for collective bargaining with the AAUP.