Academic freedom

Adjunct says he was fired for insisting on rigor in his course

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Instructor says he was fired -- shortly after he complained to accreditor -- for refusing to water down his curriculum and requirements. Another instructor quit rather than comply.

U of Oregon suspends professor who wore blackface to party

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University of Oregon suspends faculty member while investigating her conduct at a Halloween party. Many of her colleagues demand she resign. Legally, can she be sanctioned?

NYU professor who used anonymous Twitter account to criticize the university, trigger warnings and safe spaces is on paid leave

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An NYU professor who used an anonymous Twitter account to criticize the university, trigger warnings, safe spaces and the ‘academic left’ is on paid leave days after his identity was revealed. What happened?

Writers group seeks middle ground on campus speech

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Writers’ group has some concerns but rejects idea of a crisis. It offers guidelines that back free expression but also sympathize with the demands of minority students.

Kentucky's University Senate opposes terms of $10M deal for free enterprise center

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University of Kentucky senate opposes terms of proposed $10 million deal with Koch and Papa John's CEO to establish center for the study of free enterprise -- funds for which could be revoked at any time.

Philosophers' comments at two conferences spark debate over the limits of scholarship and how scholarly societies police them

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After controversial remarks about reproduction at one conference and gay people at another, scholarly groups consider whether they have an obligation to apologize for what was said or whether doing so constitutes censorship.

Judge blocks Kentucky governor from overhauling Louisville board

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Kentucky's governor improperly served as "judge, jury and executioner" in abolishing University of Louisville's Board of Trustees, a state court finds.

U of Tennessee investigating a professor and popular conservative blogger for tweeting that drivers should "run down" protesters in North Carolina

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U of Tennessee investigates professor and popular conservative blogger for tweeting that drivers should "run down" protesters in North Carolina.

Professor who advocates Israel boycott is latest to face demands for records about her career

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Open-records requests involving a SUNY Plattsburgh professor who backs the Israel boycott follow pattern of challenges to faculty members with controversial views on a range of issues.

Higher ed, contentious issue in recent years, flies under radar in North Carolina governor's race

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North Carolina has no shortage of higher education issues, but its gubernatorial candidates haven't been talking about them -- reflecting races across the country.

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