Academic freedom

Window on College's Troubled Soul

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Habib Sadid has made himself an easy target. For many of his 22 years at Idaho State University, the professor of civil engineering has poked and prodded administrators. He’s run to the newspapers when he thought no one else would listen, espousing claims of rampant “corruption” within the university. In frenzied e-mails, he lambastes his dean as an ineffectual "liar." He’s even filed a lawsuit, alleging retaliation for his years in the loyal opposition.

Freed Scholar Recounts Ordeal

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Haleh Esfandiari’s imprisonment in Iran stirred concerns among scholars, and her story shows a government deeply suspicious of academe.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

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Georgia community college professor dismissed for unexplained “sexual harassment” charge days after complaining to administrators about flaw in institution's policy.

Saint Louis U. Blocks David Horowitz Event

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University says it acted out of concern that his talk on Islam would attack that faith.

Organized Against Labor

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Conservative group has been filing information requests and complaints against university centers that work with unions; AAUP charges violation of academic freedom.

Can Free Speech Be Furloughed?

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The day after a peaceful protest over budget conditions at a California community college, four professors -- including a union president -- are placed on leave and banned from campus.

Seeking Tenure 'Conversion'

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In discussions about the use and abuse of adjunct faculty members, "conversion" is a controversial topic. Typically it refers to a decision by a college or university to convert some number of adjunct positions into a number (typically a smaller number) of tenure-track positions. The idea of conversion has been key to the reform proposals of national faculty groups.

When Is a Suspension Not a Suspension?

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Southwestern College says that barring professors from teaching or stepping on campus isn't a punishment.

The Curious 'Sexual Harassment' Charge

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East Georgia College has dropped an unspecified sexual harassment charge against an English professor who, ironically, had openly criticized the lack of protections for the falsely accused in its sexual harassment policy.

Furor Over Anti-Gay Blog

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Some at Purdue want to see a librarian fired, but amid fierce debate over tolerance and free expression, university declines to do so.

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