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  • The "Academic Bill of Rights"- Coming to Your Campus | AAUP
    and that a lack of political diversity skews or limits the education being received by the next generation After the ABOR campaign began to lose steam in 2006 the American Council of Trustees and Alumni stepped in with very similar legislation of their own Better connected politically ACTA has been savvier about how it presents its proposals though still ultimately unsuccessful In each of the 28 state legislatures faculty and administrators asked for evidence of a local problem questioned the need for legislation and argued against government intervention in campus and classroom matters Most states have tabled the issue See our state by state listing On the surface the Academic Bill of Rights may be attractive to many students and faculty Some parts of the proposal reiterate principles to which most faculty subscribe But other parts of the proposal reach into the classroom to suggest that what you teach how you teach it what you assign and what you hand out should be overseen by the administration which in turn should be committed to fostering a plurality of serious scholarly methodologies and perspectives We urge you to work with your faculty senate and or local AAUP chapter to raise awareness of this issue and to respond to proposals of this kind Resources talking points references resolutions adopted on other campuses are available Summary of the Academic Bill of Rights Proposals The Academic Bill of Rights threatens to impose administrative and legislative oversight on the professional judgment of faculty to deprive professors of the authority necessary for teaching and to prohibit academic institutions from making the decisions that are necessary for the advancement of knowledge The AAUP has consistently held that academic freedom can only be maintained so long as faculty remain autonomous and self governing Most responses in this section are drawn from the AAUP Statement on the Academic Bill of Rights The Academic Bill of Rights proposals list the following rights A right of access to a broad range of serious scholarly opinion This section states that institutions should foster a plurality of serious scholarly methodologies and perspectives The problem according to the AAUP Statement is that it invites diversity to be measured by political standards that diverge from the academic criteria of the scholarly profession Measured in this way diversity can easily become contradictory to academic ends A right to grading based on reasoned answers and appropriate knowledge of the subjects they study and not on their political or religious beliefs AAUP s Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students agrees that students should be free of unfair academic evaluation Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled Campus grievance processes are generally available to students These processes usually support fair grading without infringing on the pedagogical judgment of the

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  • ABOR Legislation | AAUP
    Emporia State University testified on behalf of AAUP and distributed the Committee A statement on the Academic Bill of Rights David Horowitz also testified in favor of the resolution and spent much of his time attacking womens studies programs in particular Louisiana HCR 25 pdf requested each public postsecondary education management board to take certain actions to assure that board and institutional policies rules and procedures meet specified guidelines relative to intellectual independence academic freedom intellectual diversity and the pursuit of knowledge and truth The bill died when the legislature adjourned Maine Maine LD 1194 pdf sought to creates an Academic Bill of Rights that ensures an academic environment for both students and faculty members that allows freedom of political viewpoint expression and instruction On May 20 2005 the Senate adopted the Majority Committee report Ought not to pass Maryland Maryland House Bill 964 introduced on February 10 2005 in the Maryland legislature was broader than most previously introduced examples The Committee on Appropriations reported unfavorably on March 28 and the bill failed when the legislature adjourned Massachusetts HB 1234 pdf would apply only to public institutions A hearing was held January 18 2006 Was sent to the joint education committee in April 2006 but no further action has been taken Minnesota HB 2164 SB 1988 proposed the Free Speech for Faculty and Students Bill of Rights Failed when the legislature adjourned Missouri The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill H 213 which ostensibly ensure s intellectual diversity and the free exchange of ideas The AAUP opposes this bill because it threatens to impose legislative oversight on the professional judgment of faculty and to deprive academic institutions of their authority from making decisions that are central to their academic purpose New York Assembly Bill 4389 provides for a student bill of rights and addresses the issue of student activity fees and is in Committee on Higher Education The bill was bottled up in the committee The SUNY Board considered a move to adopt the ABoR as policy but declined to do so However the Board established a committee to look into the issue again S 6336 pdf was introduced Jan 9 2006 and referred to Committee on Higher Education The bill creates an academic bill of rights for both students and faculty but no further action has been taken New York AB 10098 also proposed creating an academic bill of rights In addition to ensuring an academic environment in which the student has access to a broad range of serious scholarly opinion the bill mandates that governing boards of institutions of higher education develop institutional guidelines and policies to protect the academic freedom and the rights of students and faculty The bill was introduced February 28 2006 and referred to Committee on Education North Carolina North Carolina SB1139 pdf would have requires each constituent institution of the university of North Carolina to adopt an academic bill of rights It was sent to the Committee on Education and Higher Education

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  • CSU Academic Freedom and Free Speech Rights | AAUP
    Policies In the Classroom Academia Under Siege CSU Academic Freedom and Free Speech Rights CSU Senate Academic Freedom for Students NC AAUP Resolution on Academic Freedom in North Carolina North Carolina State University Faculty Senate Resolution on Academic Freedom Resolution On Academic Freedom At Appalachian State University The Academic Bill of Rights Coming to Your Campus University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly Resolution on Academic Freedom Legislative Priorities Archive Spellings Commission Education Training Coalitions Awards CSU Academic Freedom and Free Speech Rights Academic Senate of The California State University AS 2649 04 FA March 11 12 2004 RESOLVED That the Academic Senate of the California State University CSU reaffirm its commitment to upholding and preserving the principles of academic freedom the right of faculty to teach conduct research or other scholarship and publish free of external constraints other than those normally denoted by the scholarly standards of a discipline and be it further RESOLVED That the Academic Senate CSU call upon the campuses to foster the free speech rights embedded in the First Amendment of the U S Constitution and to ensure that guests on any campus have full opportunity to the appropriate exercise of these rights and be it further RESOLVED That the Academic Senate CSU call on the university community to ensure that the campuses be open forums for free expression of ideas and diverse views in the framework of scholarly inquiry and professional ethics and be it further RESOLVED That the Academic Senate CSU encourage the local campus senates to develop or review campus policies for the protection of freedom of inquiry research expression and teaching both inside the classroom and beyond and be it further RESOLVED That the Academic Senate CSU call for review and if necessary repeal of any CSU or campus policy that would

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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    would deprive faculty of the authority necessary to teach to do research to publish in a manner that meets scholarly standards and to advance knowledge in an open and unencumbered fashion inside and outside the classroom Read more about University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly Resolution on Academic Freedom Academia Under Siege An article from the Independent Online about the campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights and opposition on campuses Read more about Academia Under Siege Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings Joint statement supplementing the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure by providing a formulation of the academic due process that should be observed in dismissal proceedings Read more about Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings Academic Freedom and National Security in a Time of Crisis Report assessing risks to academic freedom and free inquiry posed by the nation s response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Read more about Academic Freedom and National Security in a Time of Crisis Academic Freedom Academic freedom is indispensable for quality institutions of higher education As the AAUP s core policy document states institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition Read more about Academic Freedom Committee A Procedures A narrative explanation explaining the process of censuring an institution and the many steps in between Read more about Committee A Procedures Academic Freedom and the First Amendment 2007 As a legal matter it can be extremely difficult to determine where faculty members rights under academic freedom and the First Amendment begin and end It can also

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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    more about Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice Academic Freedom after Garcetti v Ceballos Cuccinelli v Rector Visitors of the University of Virginia 283 Va 420 2010 In a 2012 decision the Virginia Supreme Court rejected attempts by then Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to compel disclosure of university research records Cuccinelli who publicly opposes the theory of global warming used his position to formally request emails and other documents relating to former faculty member and climatologist Michael Mann from the University of Virginia UVA arguing that he had authority to subpoena these records pursuant to the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act FATA The Supreme Court of Virginia held that state universities as agencies of the Commonwealth do not constitute a person under the FATA and therefore Cuccinelli had no authority to require release of the records and his appeal was rendered moot In another related case the Virginia Supreme Court rejected a request for these records under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act Read more about Cuccinelli v Rector Visitors of the University of Virginia 283 Va 420 2010 New Academic Freedom Subcommittee The AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure has established a subcommittee to study and recommend procedural standards to ensure academic freedom in the conduct of politically controversial academic personnel decisions The subcommittee members are Ernst Benjamin former AAUP general secretary chair Debra Nails Michigan State University Ellen Schrecker Yeshiva University David Rabban University of Texas at Austin and chair of Committee A Cary Nelson University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and AAUP president and Gary Rhoades AAUP general secretary Read more about New Academic Freedom Subcommittee Journal of Academic Freedom The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom publishes scholarship on academic freedom and on its relation to shared governance tenure and collective bargaining Scholarship on

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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    On 10 20 the University of Virginia made two court filings in its fight against Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli s harassment of climate scientist Michael Mann Read more about Virginia Attorney General Vs Science Kneecapping Academic Freedom This year across the nation state legislators and powerful corporate interests with financial ties to universities and influence over them have launched an unprecedented number of attacks on law school clinics Read more about Kneecapping Academic Freedom BP Corporate R D and the University Some lessons from the oil spill are simple public universities should not agree to restrictive contracts that limit research publication or transparency Read more about BP Corporate R D and the University The Life and Death of Academic Freedom The Lost Soul of Higher Education Corporatization the Assault on Academic Freedom and the End of the American University Ellen Schrecker New York New Press 2010 Read more about The Life and Death of Academic Freedom Bethune Cookman Report Now Online An Association investigating committee report on Bethune Cookman University in Florida now published on the AAUP s Web site deals with the 2009 dismissal of four professors and the termination of the services of three additional faculty members The stated reasons for these actions ranged from charges of sexual harassment of students to claims of insufficient academic credentials to the purported need to reduce the size of the faculty for financial reasons Read more about Bethune Cookman Report Now Online Defending Academic Freedom in the Age of Garcetti As the 2006 Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v Ceballos continues to reverberate in academe the best way for faculty members to defend their academic freedom is not through the courts but through clear university policies Read more about Defending Academic Freedom in the Age of Garcetti Academic Freedom and

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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    s affirmation of the value of academic freedom in her April 1 letter to the campus community Tags University of Wisconsin Madison Academic Freedom Read more about Obvious Assault on Academic Freedom UVA Should Defend Academic Freedom The attack on professor Michael Mann is similar to the recent attack on University of Wisconsin professor William Cronon Read more about UVA Should Defend Academic Freedom Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern Pen Open Letter on Campus Antisemitism On April 20 2011 AAUP president Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee published an open letter on the topic of campus antisemitism and especially how it related to Title VI regulations about discrimination in federally funded programs The letter was written in response to several recent allegations of antisemitism at campuses around the country Tags Academic Freedom Cary Nelson Read more about Cary Nelson and Kenneth Stern Pen Open Letter on Campus Antisemitism Academic Freedom In Contentious Practice Knowledge In The Making Academic Freedom And Free Speech in America s Schools And Universities Joan DelFattore New Haven CT Yale University Press 2010 Read more about Academic Freedom In Contentious Practice Academic Freedom As Democratic Imperative Dangerous Professors Academic Freedom And The National Security Campus Malini Johar Schueller and Ashley Dawson eds Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 2009 Read more about Academic Freedom As Democratic Imperative Censure Removals Bring Closure Delegates to the Ninety seventh Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors AAUP voted on June 11 to remove the University of New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans the city s two universities that remained on the AAUP s list of censured administrations from its censure list Read more about Censure Removals Bring Closure The Dress Rehearsal for McCarthyism The City College of New York was the site

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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    Right to Know How to Counter the Chilling Effect of FOIA Requests on Scholarship an issue brief published by the American Constitution Society in September AAUP senior counsel Rachel Levinson Waldman discusses ways to protect the competing interests of academic freedom and the public s interest in transparency of public institutions and their work Read more about Balancing Academic Freedom and the Public s Right to Know Current Research Review System Threatens Academic Freedom New Report Say Local institutional review boards which make decisions about the permissibility of research often have no special competence the AAUP recommends improvements 9 4 Read more about Current Research Review System Threatens Academic Freedom New Report Say The Climate Change Wars Global Warming and Political Intimidation How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up Raymond S Bradley Amherst University of Massachusetts Press 2011 Read more about The Climate Change Wars Resources on Academic Freedom A AUP Policy Statements Reports Analysis The policies published in the AAUP s Policy Documents and Reports also known as the Redbook have been formulated by standing and special AAUP committees and governing bodies and at times in cooperation with other organizations Read more about Resources on Academic Freedom Enlisting the Social Sciences Weaponizing Anthropology Social Science in Service of the Militarized State David H Price Petrolia CA CounterPunch and AK Press 2011 Read more about Enlisting the Social Sciences Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom The Council on Higher Education Accreditation CHEA and the American Association of University Professors AAUP have released an advisory statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom Read more about Statement on Accreditation and Academic Freedom An Open Letter from the AAUP to the Yale Community A letter to the Yale University community expressing the AAUP s growing concern about the character and

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