This report concerns the action taken in May 1996 by the administration of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to dismiss, with a year of severance salary, five senior members of the faculty, each of whom was completing the second year of a three-year term contract. No reasons were given for the administration's action, other than the institution's asserted "right to terminate [the] appointment without cause one year prior to the expiration of its term," and no hearing was afforded to any of the affected professors.
The text of this report was written by the staff of the Association and submitted to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. With the approval of Committee A it was subsequently sent to the faculty members whose cases are the subject of the report, to the appropriate administrative officers of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and to the chair of the college's governing board. In the light of the responses received, this final report was published in the May-June 1997 issue of Academe.