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2021 AAUP Updates

03.12.2021 | NLRB Victory for Graduate Employee Unionization

In a major victory for graduate employees at private universities, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced today that it was withdrawing a rule proposed in late 2019 that would have barred graduate assistants from engaging in union organizing and collective bargaining under the protection of federal law.

03.04.2021 | Statement on the Iowa Legislature's Threats to Academic Freedom and Tenure

The AAUP issued a statement on three Iowa Legislature proposals that raise troubling concerns about academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus by ending tenure protections, surveying university employees' political affiliations, and complicating campus free speech protections. The legislation proposed in Iowa would not only be unnecessary, but it could also impose on institutions potentially costly and overly bureaucratic burdens.

03.02.2021 | AAUP Intervenes in Intramural Speech Cases at Collin College

The AAUP today wrote H. Neil Matkin, president of Collin College (TX), to urge the immediate rescission of nonrenewal notices issued to Professors Audra Heaslip and Suzanne Jones, both of whom had served the institution beyond what the AAUP regards as the maximum period of probation. The administration failed to afford them a faculty hearing and a stated basis for the nonrenewals was their critique of the administration’s COVID-19 policies.

03.01.2021 | Death of Joseph Duffey

The AAUP notes with sadness the death of Joseph Duffey, who served as AAUP general secretary from 1974 to 1976. Duffey was an accomplished academic who was also an anti-war activist and the Democratic Party's candidate in the 1970 US Senate election in Connecticut.

03.01.2021 | Brief Supports University of Michigan's Prohibition on Firearms

The AAUP joined an amicus brief with Brady: United Against Gun Violence and Team ENOUGH filed in the State of Michigan Supreme Court in support of an appeal affirming that the University of Michigan’s prohibition on firearms does not infringe on Second Amendment rights.

02.09.2021 | A New Deal for Higher Ed

With the new administration and Congress come new opportunities to ensure significant, sustainable public investment in higher education.

02.08.2021 | AAUP Joins Coalition to Call for Student Debt Cancelation

The AAUP joined a coalition of fifty plus organizations to applaud the bicameral resolution calling on Biden to cancel $50K of student debt.

02.02.2021 | AAUP Intervenes in Case of Suspended Pacific University Professor

The AAUP wrote Lesley Hallick, president of Pacific University, to convey concerns about the failure to afford academic due process to Richard J. Paxton, a tenured full professor. In early October, the administration summarily removed Paxton from the classroom pending an investigation of student complaints about his classroom speech, a process that could potentially result in dismissal.