Academic freedom

Academic freedom

A student protester at the University of Florida holds up a sign that says, "Politicians leave us alone."
Feb 07, 2023
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has a plan to defund diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at state institutions. His playbook is based on model legislation from the Manhattan Institute.

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February 7, 2023
Governor DeSantis is leading an assault on the state’s public higher education institutions, Andrew Gothard writes.
February 7, 2023
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has a plan to defund diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at state institutions. His playbook is based on model legislation from the Manhattan Institute.
February 6, 2023
On his first day as president of the University of Florida, former Republican senator Ben Sasse faces a list of demands that call for him to defy Governor Ron DeSantis’s pledged reforms.
February 6, 2023
Jewish students and a pro-Israel group are accusing an Arab professor and critic of Israeli policy of antisemitism. She’s accusing them of being racist and anti-Arab. She teaches a diversity course.
January 30, 2023
Indiana University Northwest fired a Black professor after alleging he said something about killing white people. An AAUP report found “racist tropes of incompetent, angry and physically violent Black men in the language used to justify his dismissal.”
January 20, 2023
Former Human Rights Watch director said the Kennedy School rejected him over his criticism of Israel. The dean reversed course Thursday.
January 17, 2023
The Board of Trustees issues a statement suggesting the university is reconsidering its stance on academic freedom, which set off a controversy. The university’s president issues a statement strongly defending the university’s position. Outside groups—including some Muslim organizations—reject the university’s position.
January 3, 2023
An instructor at Hamline U showed an image of Muhammad in an art history class. The president criticized the instructor for doing so. Another professor, who tried to explain the situation with an essay in the student paper, had his piece removed.
December 15, 2022
Institutions issue recommendations on when and how departments should make political statements, if at all. This guidance generally urges caution, citing academic freedom risks.
December 8, 2022
The proliferation of legislative efforts to impose educational gag orders must be understood urgently—and centrally—as a violation of student rights, Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem writes.

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