Academic Freedom and Tenure: Husson University


Despite a faculty member having served beyond the maximum probationary period permitted under the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and accordingly entitled to the procedural protections associated with tenure, the Husson College administration moved to terminate his services The administration had not approved his candidacy for tenure and did not provide him with its protections. The Husson College policies on tenure depart fundamentally from the 1940 Statement of Principles in failing to set a maximum period for probationary service. Additionally, there is  strong prima facie evidence that the Husson College administration declined to retain the faculty member in a faculty position because of expressed disagreements with the administration that, under generally accepted principles of academic freedom, a college faculty member should be free to voice. 

The text of this report was written in the first instance by the members of the investigating committee. In accordance with Association practice, the text was then edited by the Association's staff, and, as revised, with the concurrence of the investigating committee, was submitted to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. With the approval of Committee A it was subsequently sent to the faculty member at whose request the inquiry was conducted, to the administration of Husson College, and to other persons concerned in the report. In the light of the responses received and with the editorial assistance of the Association's staff, this report was published in the May-June 1987 issue of Academe.