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University of California Affirms Faculty Free Speech Rights

The University of California Board of Regents has affirmed the right of faculty to speak out about institutional matters without fear of reprisal.

The AAUP has always considered this right to be a critical aspect of academic freedom, but a 2006 Supreme Court decision, Garcetti v. Ceballos, said that public employees do not necessarily have the right to speak publicly about their employers. After that decision, the AAUP issued a statement calling for university governing boards to explicitly assert that faculty have these free speech rights--a move that the University of California has now taken.

Read more about the Board of Regents's action at Inside Higher Ed and read the AAUP's Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice: Academic Freedom after Garcetti v. Ceballos

Publication Date: 
Monday, July 29, 2013