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2017 AAUP Updates

08.29.2017 | Dartmouth Must Defend Faculty and Student Rights

We remain concerned about the wave of intimidation and threats that have swept campuses and the country this year, including, in the case of Mark Bray at Dartmouth College. We call on the Dartmouth administration to speak out in defense of the rights of faculty and students generally, and Bray specifically, and to condemn the targeted harassment of Bray.

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.

08.01.2017 | Guidance on Border Searches

The AAUP released a new document with responses to frequently asked questions about inspections of electronic devices by US border patrol officers.

07.17.2017 | Brief Supports Climate Researchers in Public Records Request Case

The AAUP submitted an amicus brief in support of faculty members who have been subjected to intrusive public records requests for e-mails related to their climate-science research. 

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.”

07.12.2017 | Law School Accreditation Should Not Be Weakened

The AAUP urges the American Bar Association to reject proposed weakening of accreditation standards.

06.27.2017 | Letter Issued in Trinity Prof Suspension Case

The AAUP today urged the Trinity College administration to immediately reinstate professor Johnny Eric Williams to his normal faculty duties. Professor Williams, an associate professor of sociology with twenty-one years of service at Trinity College, was placed on leave Monday evening after being targeted with of a flood of threats following reports about his social media postings by the right-wing media outlet Campus Reform