Academic freedom

Honorary Degrees, Free Speech and Respect

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When a university awards a doctorate to a controversial figure, is the institution endorsing the free exchange of ideas or endorsing the person? Can colleges avoid the whole idea?

Loyalty Oath Compromise

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After 2 cases in which instructors lost jobs for refusing to sign, Cal State agrees to permit explanatory statements that will allow those with some religious beliefs to comply with state requirement.

New Haven Censured; 2 Colleges Have Sanction Lifted

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AAUP also weighs in on campus guns (con), teaching evolution (pro), and loyalty oaths (con), and tables measure to criticize Israel.

Fish to Profs: Stick to Teaching

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Should we be worried about politics creeping into the classroom? Professor and columnist Stanley Fish enters the fray with a new book.

Is Turkey Muzzling U.S. Scholars?

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Turkish officials accused of ousting Binghamton professor as chair of Georgetown-based institute by threatening loss of funds. His crime: using the word "genocide."

When a University Kills Suicide Research

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Is watching someone help others take their own lives the same as helping them yourself -- or is it a legitimate role for a researcher? If such observing is banned, what other research is at risk?

Killing the Messenger?

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At Moore College of Art, professor goes from receiving glowing evaluations to being fired -- after he becomes union president.

The Blacklist Academic Leaders Ignore

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As Olympic games focus attention on China, some scholars want attention for the way visa denials have hurt their careers -- and may limit what other professors write.

Theologian Uninvited to Hold Chair

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U. of San Diego announced that Rosemary Ruether would be teaching about Catholicism there in 1-year position; then critics of her views mobilized.

Out of Work for Doing Extra Work?

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Indiana AAUP says adjunct at Ivy Tech lost his job for using supplementary materials when students complained that they couldn't understand the textbook.

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