Academic freedom

A Moderate MLA

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The Modern Language Association frequently helps out its critics with provocative session titles and left-leaning political stands offered by its members. At this year’s annual meeting, in Chicago, some MLA members have worried that the association was poised to take stances that would have sent David Horowitz’s fund raising through the roof with resolutions that appeared to be anti-Israel and pro-Ward Churchill.

A College Keeps (But Redefines) Tenure

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Facing financial woes, small religious studies institution alters what it expects of professors – to include tasks such as recruiting or fund raising.

Maybe He Shouldn't Have Spoken His Mind

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T. Hayden Barnes opposed his university's plan to build two large parking garages with $30 million from students' mandatory fees. So last spring, he did what any student activist would do: He posted fliers criticizing the plan, wrote mass e-mails to students, sent letters to administrators and wrote a letter to the editor of the campus newspaper. While that kind of campaign might be enough to annoy university officials, Barnes never thought it would get him expelled.

Civility Code or Loyalty Oath?

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Facing faculty revolt, president of Bergen Community College promises revisions in proposed rules on how students and professors interact.

Back to School for Outspoken Student

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Georgia Board of Regents reversed the expulsion of a Valdosta State U. student who heavily criticized the president's plan to build parking garages on campus.

Harassment vs. Academic Freedom, Round Two

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A Brandeis professor charged with using discriminatory language in the classroom receives unanimous support of faculty, but provost rejects their ruling.

Academic Freedom, Faith and Nuance

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Catholic college leaders discuss issues of institutional autonomy in light of "Land O'Lakes," a landmark 1967 statement.

In Colorado's Chosen Chief, Faculty See Tenure Foe

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The sole finalist to become president of the University of Colorado system was, as a state teachers' union describes it, “the architect and chief proponent” of changes at Metropolitan State College of Denver that "eliminated tenure as we know it.” Bruce Benson, the owner and president of an oil and gas exploration and production company since 1965, served as chair of Metro State’s Board

Hate in Their Midst

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Cal State Long Beach considers whether it has gone far enough to distance itself from professor who writes that Jews band together to undercut white society.

Worried About Guns? Ban a Campus Musical

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At Arkansas Tech U., Sondheim's Assassins is called off, just before opening night, but American Gangster is OK.

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