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Faculty Group Will Investigate U of Akron

October 28, 2020

The American Association of University Professors added the University of Akron to its list of colleges to investigate for alleged violations of academic governance during COVID-19. The group is concerned about Akron’s termination of 96 full-time faculty members this year, which Akron’s AAUP-affiliated faculty union has said was neither “warranted or necessary.” Akron said it was exercising the force majeure clause of the union contract in light of “catastrophic circumstances.” An arbitrator sided with the university last month but said laid-off professors retain callback rights for three years and first right of refusal for part-time jobs to replace them. Previously the AAUP said it was investigating Canisius College in New York, Illinois Wesleyan University, Keuka College in New York, Marian University in Wisconsin, Medaille College in New York, National University in California and Wittenberg University in Ohio.

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