2018 AAUP Updates

09.08.2017 | AAUP Welcomes Rachel Buff as Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom

The AAUP is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Ida Buff as the new faculty editor of the online AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom. Buff, who will begin her term as editor with the ninth volume of JAF, is a professor of history, director of the Cultures and Communities Program, and coordinator of the Comparative Ethnic Studies Program at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. 

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.

09.05.2017 | AAUP Denounces Decision to End DACA Program

The American Association of University Professors denounces in the strongest possible terms the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This decision marks a continuation of the anti-immigrant racist policies that the administration has supported from the start.

08.30.2017 | University of Tampa Rescinds Firing

After hearing from us, the administration of the University of Tampa has rescinded the firing of a contingent faculty member over a Tweet that led to an online harassment campaign against the professor and his family. 

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.