Academic freedom

Virginia's high court protects privacy of researcher's emails

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Virginia's Supreme Court says U. of Virginia was within its rights under state law not to release emails of climate change researcher.

Facing legislative pressure, South Carolina Upstate calls off lesbian humor performance

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U. of South Carolina Upstate -- facing legislative anger over planned performance by lesbian humorist -- calls off event.

U. of Tennessee staffer fired for Facebook use sues institution

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A former University of Tennessee staffer takes the institution to court over online comments about a dirty microwave oven.

Jury backs claim of conservative professor that he was denied promotion because of his views

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Federal jury backs conservative academic who says he was denied promotion to full professor because of his political views.

Brown releases analysis of how a lecture got canceled due to protests

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Brown U. releases report on the disrupted appearance by Ray Kelly, detailing numerous unsuccessful efforts to win over protesters.

Court ruling takes stand for faculty free speech

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Federal appeals court issues strong statements about the importance of protecting speech by faculty members in public higher education.

New statement seeks to reframe academic debate about Israel boycott

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New petition seeks to organize academics who oppose boycotts and outside attacks (whether from supporters or critics of Israel) on the tenure candidacies of faculty members.

Colorado State removes email account of professor who criticized cuts

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Colorado State-Pueblo professor who is outspoken critic of budget cuts sent out an email comparing them to a century-old massacre. Hours later, university took away his campus account. UPDATE: University president cites Virginia Tech and Columbine.

UCLA produces statement designed to protect faculty from inappropriate open records requests

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Following recent open records requests targeting controversial professors at other institutions, UCLA releases statement to protect the privacy of scholarly communications.

Academic extremism could hurt Australian universities, minister warns

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Australia's education minister warns that professors' political stances -- on the Israeli boycott, for example -- are "needless controversies" that can hurt their universities' reputations.

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