Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress and the AAUP Foundation are committed to protecting your privacy and have adopted the following policies about gathering and disseminating personal information on its website. This Privacy Policy applies only to the websites at, and, and related interactions with those sites, and does not apply to information we collect and maintain through other means.

You may visit the portions of these websites that do not require registration without actively providing any personal information. However, we may collect any information provided by your web browser, including the IP address assigned to your computer when you access the Internet (including any information available through reverse-DNS lookup of that IP address, such as the domain name of your internet service provider), the address of the previous website that you visited, if you linked to one of our sites from another website, the address of the next website that you visit, if you visit it from a link on our website, as well as your browser type, browser language, type of operating system, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We may also collect information obtained from images embedded in HTML-format email or web pages (i.e., “web bugs” or “pixel tags”) to link email with your subsequent interactions on our website or to track your interactions among the websites we administer and those of third parties. If you view any content on these websites through an RSS feed, we may collect information obtained through your RSS reader.

These websites use cookies to identify your computer and browser, so that it can recognize that you are the same user from page to page. A cookie is a piece of data stored temporarily or persistently on your hard drive containing information we specify, and enables us to provide a consistent user experience and collect usage data about your visit, including the pages visited, items searched for and any other interactions you have with these websites. If you are logged in, we will link any such cookies (and the associated usage data) with the registration information you have provided and the other information we collect from you. We may permit third-party advertisers and content providers on these websites to set separate cookies, which shall be governed by such third parties’ privacy policies.

Portions of certain of these websites require registration, including those that involve membership application, meeting registration, information requests and store purchases. To register, you will be asked to provide a variety of information, including your name, e-mail address and type (home or work), and address. To join or renew as a member, we also require your home address, institutional affiliation, and employment status (full-time, part-time, etc.)

When you make comments on articles or participate in any other community activities on these websites, your user name, your comments and any other information you may designate will be retained and displayed to other users. To the extent we use any third-party authentication service in connection with comments or other community content, we may retain and display to other users the user name provided by such service. Your participation by leaving comments or participating in other community features of these websites is governed by our Commenting Policy. In the event that we migrate any of our community activities to another organization or website, we may also transfer the information you have provided in connection with your participation, so that it may be displayed by the new organization or on the new website.

We keep the information we collect from you on servers at a facility operated by a reputable third-party secure hosting company. We maintain (or have requested that our third-party providers maintain) administrative, technical and physical safeguards reasonably designed to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the information we collect from you, both in transit and as stored on our servers. We cannot, however, be responsible for third-party circumvention of these security and privacy measures.

Any of the information we collect from you as described above may be used for the following purposes:

  • To provide membership or other services to you as part of our mission, including, but not limited to, the mailing of newsletters, Academe, and ballots for AAUP elections
  • To track usage of these websites and to review patterns of user interaction
  • To identify and resolve problems with the websites
  • To investigate suspected illegal activity or improper use of our websites

We may distribute the information we collect from you to our affiliates, cooperating organizations and third-party vendors authorized by us to help us carry out our mission. We may use the information we collect from you to notify you of new services, benefits and special offers. You may opt out of mailings other than those related to elections. The AAUP also discloses membership information to local leaders as part of organizing or membership drives and occasionally rents membership lists to third parties. You may opt out of having the information you provide distributed for third-party uses by selecting that option when you register on our websites.

These websites contain links to other sites run by different people and organizations. Our linking to such sites is merely a reference, and does not imply any endorsement or control of that site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such sites. Check the privacy policy of any such website before you reveal any personal information.

We will release information you provide to comply with valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order, or in other special cases, such as suspected fraudulent or criminal activity or an attempt to breach the security of our organizations or these websites. We may release information to third parties and law enforcement when seeking assistance with suspected illegal activity or improper use of our websites.

We have tried to create a privacy policy that is comprehensive, readable, and durable. Despite our best efforts, we may find it necessary to revise. Any changes will be made without prior notice. If you have questions or comments about our privacy policy, please contact us.

This privacy policy is effective December 15, 2012. We retain the right to amend or otherwise update this privacy policy at any time for any reason. By joining one of our organizations or using these websites, you consent to the collection, use, and sharing of personal information as we have described in this privacy policy. If we amend or update this privacy policy, we will post the changes online at these websites so that you are always aware of our current practices.

Terms of Use

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress and the AAUP Foundation make these websites and the information and services contained therein in furtherance of the their missions. While we make every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, we do not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor do we guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should be undertaken only after an independent review.

Unless otherwise indicated, the materials displayed on our sites are the property of the American Association of University Professors, the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, the AAUP Foundation, our affiliates, our members, third-party providers, or their respective licensors and is protected by copyright, trademark and other laws. Any such materials may be displayed solely for your personal, non-commercial use or redistributed for non-commercial purposes (research, teaching, private study, activism, etc.), but all materials you redistribute from one of our sites must attribute the content to that site.

 If you have a good-faith belief that content available on these websites infringes one or more of your copyrights, please notify us by sending an appropriate notice pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 512(f) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to the following address: AAUP Legal Office, 1133 Nineteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Information on these websites is provided "as is," without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. We do not warrant that service will be uninterrupted or error free. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

Information on these websites may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. We may also make improvements and/or changes in the products and/or the programs described in this information at any time without notice.

We make no representations whatsoever about any other website to which you may gain access through this one. A link to an external website does not mean that we endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or the use of such a site. It is your responsibility to take the necessary precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of viruses, worms, trojan horses, and other potentially destructive or intrusive items. In no event will we be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, special, or other damages resulting from the use of these websites or of any hyperlinked website, including, and without limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, loss of data or other information, or otherwise, even if we are expressly advised of the possibility of damages.