College of DuPage Policy Criticized by 2 Faculty Groups
March 16, 2009

A proposed overhaul of regulations at the College of DuPage has been softened since its release generated intense controversy at the Illinois community college last fall -- but the revised policy will still undermine academic freedom, teaching, and scholarship; put DuPage "outside the mainstream of education in Illinois and the U.S."; and "diminish the quality of education available to the students," the Illinois Council of the American Association of University Professors says in a letter to the college's board. The letter, which was published on the College Freedom blog, acknowledges that DuPage administrators had made "some improvements" in the policy manual proposed by the college's Board of Trustees last year, but the AAUP officials objected that the document would continue to give the administration power to ban speakers and protests, bar "demeaning" behavior, and prohibit discrimination based on "opinion." Also on Monday, the Illinois Community College Faculty Association released a statement criticizing the DuPage policy as "nothing more" than a local version of David Horowitz's "Academic Bill of Rights." The community college group said that the DuPage policy "jeopardizes the academic freedom of not only the faculty, but free speech in general."

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