Academic freedom

Complaints about professors' protected speech turned into investigations into their classroom conduct

At Texas A&M, complaints about professors' protected speech turned into investigations into their classroom conduct, with career-altering results.

Scholars pledge not to speak at Ole Miss until it reinstates a colleague

Scholars pledge not to speak at University of Mississippi until it reinstates a colleague who publicly questioned why his chair rejected a grant, allegedly for political reasons.

Pro-Trump law professor says he's being pushed out over views

University of Miami law professor says he's being fired for his controversial views. Some colleagues have spoken out against him, but some worry about making him a martyr.

Washington and Lee offers full-throated defense of targeted professors

Washington and Lee offers full-throated defense of professors targeted for political and racist reasons.

Scott Atlas, White House adviser on coronavirus, threatens to sue colleagues back at Stanford

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Scott Atlas, White House adviser on coronavirus, threatens to sue colleagues back at Stanford who spoke out against his approach.

Professor suspended for saying Chinese word that sounds like an English slur

Professor suspended for saying a Chinese word that sounds like a racial slur in English.

Colleges want professors to stay mum on student COVID-19 cases

When it comes to their students testing positive for COVID-19, professors say they have a right to know and share the information how they deem appropriate. Colleges want to keep those cases close to the vest.

Major public universities haven't always been forthcoming with statistical modeling in fall reopening plans

As colleges moved to reopen classrooms this fall, groups of researchers were forthright with statistical modeling showing likely COVID-19 infections on campus. That's more than some public flagship universities can say.

Music theory journal criticized for symposium on supposed white supremacist theorist

A 20-minute plenary talk boils over into music theory's biggest imbroglio in years. Allegations of anti-Black bias and anti-Semitism fly.

Political science professor disciplined for refusing diversity training

Political science professor at Converse College says he's facing termination for refusing to complete two diversity and antibias training modules.

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