Academic Freedom and Tenure: Frank Phillips College

The administration of  Frank Phillips College dismissed a faculty member without providing cause, without providing for a hearing and the other requisite elements of academic due process, and without providing for any payment of salary beyond the date of notification of dismissal.

With the absence of any relevant institutional regulations, with no system of tenure, and with highly inadequate practices relating to faculty appointment, the concepts of academic freedom and tenure were found to be absent at Frank Phillips College.

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 professor at whose request the investigation was conducted, to the administration of Frank Phillips College 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 Washington Office staff, the report was revised and was published in the Winter 1968 issue of Academe.