Academic Freedom and Tenure: American International College

The administration of American International College dismissed a faculty member after thirteen years of service without setting forth specific cause for its action and without offering him a hearing and other safeguards of academic due process. The faculty member alleged that he was dismissed because of his activities in behalf of a faculty union. The report concludes that the current tenure regulations of American International College, by allowing indefinite faculty service without the protections of tenure and in some cases without even minimal procedural safeguards, leave academic freedom at the College unassured.

The text of this report was written by the members of the investigating committee. In accordance with Association practice, the text was sent to the Association's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, to the teacher at whose request the investigation was conducted, to the administration of American International College, to the chapter president, and to other persons directly concerned in the report. In the light of the suggestions received, and with the editorial assistance of the Association's staff, the report was published in the May-June 1983 issue of Academe.