2017 Media Releases

12.07.2017 | National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom

A new report, National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom, released by the AAUP details troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences that have been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s hostility to science. International scientific exchange and, especially, the charging of innocent Chinese or Chinese American scientists with espionage in the name of national security is one focus of the report. The second is climate science, which has been subject to vicious attacks that have intensified significantly under the current administration.

10.30.2017 | Campus Equity Week of Action

During Campus Equity Week, faculty, students, and communities on campuses across the country shine a light on the increasingly precarious nature of academic work and the effects of this precarity on our higher education system.

10.12.2017 | AAUP and AFT Oppose Punitive Protest Policy

The presidents of the AFT and the AAUP expressed concerns about the approval by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents of a policy to suspend and expel students who protest speeches on University of Wisconsin campuses.

09.07.2017 | Taking a Stand Against Harassment, Part of the Broader Threat to Higher Education

The AAUP, AFT, and AAC&U call on college and university presidents, members of governing boards, and other academic leaders to resist a campaign of harassment by endorsing this statement and making clear to all in their respective institutions that threats to individual members of the academic community, to academic freedom, and to freedom of expression on campus will not be tolerated.

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.