Collective Bargaining for Academic Freedom and Its Enforcement

The guidebook is designed to to assist collec­tive bargaining chapters in protect­ing academic freedom on their campuses. It analyzes the content of collective bargaining agreement provisions closely linked to achiev­ing strong and effective protec­tion of academic freedom. These include provisions concerning protections for the full scope of the bargaining unit and enforcement of academic freedom protections in contexts such as reappointment, tenure and promotions, and disci­plinary cases.The guidebook includes two appendices. The first appendix provides examples of strong CBA language that protects a broad scope of academic freedom for all faculty through effective enforce­ment measures. The second appendix provides a list of AAUP policy statements and AAUP reports that are useful and relevant in crafting CBA provisions that define and help to enforce academic freedom protections. 

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The Family and Medical Leave Act

The AAUP receives many inquiries about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to faculty members at colleges and universities. To clarify how to apply the FMLA in academic settings, this guidebook is broken into sections in which specific mandates are introduced and explained through a series of questions and answers. The guidebook has been updated to reflect changes since the US Supreme Court's June 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Pregnancy in the Academy

This guidebook explains how the Pregnancy Discrimination Act applies to women in the academic workplace and addresses such issues as the differences between pregnancy disability leave and family and medical leave; the application of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in job interviews and the promotion and tenure process; and academic employees’ rights under the act. This guidebook, originally published in 2006, was revised and republished in 2016. Changes include updates to reflect additional protections for students and for spouses in same-sex marriages.

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Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships

This book-length report, originally published by the AAUP Foundation, offers general advice on basic faculty intellectual property rights; mechanisms to ensure academic freedom in publishing; handling faculty and administrator conflicts of interest; and grievance procedures for faculty members, academic professionals, and students. An appendix provides language appropriate for inclusion in faculty handbooks and collective bargaining agreements.

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Download just the summary of recommendations (.pdf)

See also our Faculty Handbooks Guide, which addresses the enforceability of faculty handbooks as contracts.