Academic freedom

When a University Kills Suicide Research

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Is watching someone help others take their own lives the same as helping them yourself -- or is it a legitimate role for a researcher? If such observing is banned, what other research is at risk?

Killing the Messenger?

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At Moore College of Art, professor goes from receiving glowing evaluations to being fired -- after he becomes union president.

The Blacklist Academic Leaders Ignore

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As Olympic games focus attention on China, some scholars want attention for the way visa denials have hurt their careers -- and may limit what other professors write.

Theologian Uninvited to Hold Chair

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U. of San Diego announced that Rosemary Ruether would be teaching about Catholicism there in 1-year position; then critics of her views mobilized.

Out of Work for Doing Extra Work?

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Indiana AAUP says adjunct at Ivy Tech lost his job for using supplementary materials when students complained that they couldn't understand the textbook.

Defining Political Correctness and Its Non-Impact

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New analysis of faculty database finds identifiable group of professors with common views on bias, but no willingness to discriminate on politics -- and considerable success for the politically incorrect.

Crusade Against a Crusader

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P.Z. Myers -- defender of evolution -- stages "great desecration," leading to demands for his firing. U. of Minnesota at Morris refuses to do so, but cuts link to his Web site.

Big Argus Is Watching You

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National Association of Scholars recruits volunteers to monitor what goes on at college campuses.

Court Strikes Down 'Overbroad' Harassment Policy

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A federal appeals court on Monday declared Temple University's now-abandoned sexual harassment policy unconstitutional -- and it did so in a way that legal experts agree could make it much more difficult for colleges and universities to defend nondiscrimination policies that limit the speech of students.

Presidential 'Pabulum' and a Professor's Punishment

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The e-mail messages wouldn't have won Donald Steiner any dinner invitations to the president's home.

In one e-mail to a faculty discussion group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Steiner -- a research professor -- responded to a recent message from President Shirley Jackson to the faculty by writing: "Sadly, I found more of the same subterfuge and insulting pabulum."


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