Academic freedom

Big Argus Is Watching You

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National Association of Scholars recruits volunteers to monitor what goes on at college campuses.

Court Strikes Down 'Overbroad' Harassment Policy

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A federal appeals court on Monday declared Temple University's now-abandoned sexual harassment policy unconstitutional -- and it did so in a way that legal experts agree could make it much more difficult for colleges and universities to defend nondiscrimination policies that limit the speech of students.

Presidential 'Pabulum' and a Professor's Punishment

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The e-mail messages wouldn't have won Donald Steiner any dinner invitations to the president's home.

In one e-mail to a faculty discussion group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Steiner -- a research professor -- responded to a recent message from President Shirley Jackson to the faculty by writing: "Sadly, I found more of the same subterfuge and insulting pabulum."

Watching a Watchdog's Words

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Alan Contreras is an increasing rarity these days: a knowledgeable public official who says what he thinks without worrying too much about whom he offends. That trait has him in a scrape over free speech with his superiors in Oregon's state government. And while they backed away Thursday from the action that had most troubled him, Contreras isn't backing down from the fight.

Tolerant Faculty, Intolerant Students

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Seeking to respond to critics of perceived lack of intellectual diversity on campuses, Georgia higher ed system conducts statewide survey and finds the problem isn't professors.

Push to Protect Researchers From Attacks

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California lawmakers move to enact new protections for scientists facing harassment and worse from animal rights extremists.

AAUP Turns to Scholar of Higher Education

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Faculty group turns to professor who studies professors and their working conditions as its next general secretary. Plus a podcast interview with Gary Rhoades.

Is 'Holistic' Admissions a Cover for Helping Black Applicants?

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In 2006, the University of California at Los Angeles faced intense criticism when only 2 percent of the students admitted for the freshman class were black. For a decade at that point, UCLA had been operating under a ban on considering race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, but the numbers for black students had not previously been so low.

Blogger Beware

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Yeshiva U. was proud of its non-traditional recruit to head its honors program -- until debate about the mission emerged and his anonymous blog was discovered.

ROTC Debate Renewed

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Remarks by presidential candidates draw attention to issue at Columbia and elsewhere, but whether anything will change remains to be seen.

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