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.

Religious Meets Litigious

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California community college sued by students and faculty for opening official events with Christian prayer.

Tufts Defines Speech Limits

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Trustees approve a policy that applauds free expression, but says it's not an "absolute" right on campus.

Standing Up to Threats

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Finding "free expression at risk," academic and civil liberties groups issue joint call to defend controversial speakers, books and exhibits.

Protecting His Sources

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Professors organize on behalf of Minnesota grad student, whose academic freedom they believe is undercut by prosecutors' demands that he reveal what he knows about underground animal rights activists.

Euthanized Research Project

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Why did Oklahoma State back out of an anthrax study involving primates? Did the university fear violence? Was it afraid of offending a donor?

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