AAUP Updates

Today the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure joined with the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession to release a statement regarding the reported move by the Trump administration to promulgate a new legal definition of gender under Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.

The AAUP released an open letter to US congressman Jeff Fortenberry letting him know that threatening and harassing faculty members is unacceptable after Fortenberry's chief of staff harassed a University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor who "liked" a Facebook image making fun of Fortenberry. Sign on.

The United Faculty of the University of Northern Iowa successfully finished its first union recertification election. Despite intense anti-union pressure, of the 643 faculty members who were eligible to vote in the election, 547 faculty members voted in favor of United Faculty, a total of 85 percent support overall. The chapter represents full-time faculty and a significant portion of part-time faculty and it is affiliated with the AAUP.

AAUP has released an investigative report on the dismissals of two tenured faculty members and the nonrenewal of a tenure-track faculty member at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. The investigating committee found credible the claims of all three faculty members that their criticism of administrative decisions led to actions against them.

The AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance has sent a letter to the president of the University of Michigan responding to the university’s statement that it will, without providing appropriate due process, discipline John Cheney-Lippold for his decision not to write a letter of recommendation for a student.

AAUP in the News

Fri, 11/16/2018  |  Inside Higher Education

Drawing parallels between the Trump administration and others around the world that have sought to diminish the rights and status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of late, AAUP's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure and its Committee on Women in the Academic Profession released a statement on the administration’s reported plan to narrow the definition of gender under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits gender-based discrimination.

Wed, 11/07/2018  |  Pacific Standard

In late August a federal appeals court rejected a challenge to Texas' controversial campus carry law, the 2015 statute allowing gun owners with legal permits to bring their weapons to campus—and the classrooms—of public colleges and universities. The three University of Texas–Austin professors who filed the case did so on First Amendment grounds. Classroom discussion, they argued, would be "dampened to some degree" by concerns that a gun owner who was "moved to anger and impulsive action would open fire." The AAUP agreed.

Fri, 11/02/2018  |  WDTN News

AAUP union members at Wright State University plan to vote against the university's fact-finding report related to issues unresolved in current contract negotiations. Noelenn McIlvenna, a WSU professor and member of the AAUP-CBC's Executive Committee, said that proposed furlough days would result in faculty members doing their usual work without pay.

Wed, 10/24/2018  |  Inside Higher Education

Faculty members' hackles have been raised in several recent cases over the terms of their institutions’ agreements with online program management providers -- and over their involvement in setting those terms. Now the AAUP wants to empower instructors in those debates with the help of a tool kit of resources under the umbrella of “Education Not Privatization.”

Wed, 10/17/2018  |  Inside Higher Education

Our Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance sent a letter to the University of Michigan’s president expressing concern that the university did not seem to have followed AAUP standards in punishing a tenured professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student who wanted to study abroad in Israel. Additionally, the Middle East Studies Association's Committee on Academic Freedom also sent a letter expressing its concerns about John Cheney-Lippold's punishment.

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