Academic freedom

Japanese government gives $15 million to U.S. universities for endowed professorships in Japanese politics

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The Japanese government gives $5 million each to Columbia, Georgetown and MIT for endowed professorships in contemporary Japanese politics. Gifts come as some worry about political science shifting away from area studies.

AAUP Reports Condemn Felician, U of Southern Maine

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AAUP reports condemn Felician, U of Southern Maine for alleged violations of academic freedom and tenure system ahead of likely censure votes.

AAUP slams U of Illinois handling of Steven Salaita case

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AAUP report on Steven Salaita case at U of Illinois says the institution summarily dismissed him for protected, extramural speech. University could face formal vote of censure.

Allegedly rude professor agrees to retire in lieu of dismissal hearing

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U of North Georgia professor whom the university intended to fire for a pattern of rude behavior has agreed to retire. Her colleagues continue to debate whether university did the right thing or hurt tenure.

Johns Hopkins drafts official statement on principles of academic freedom

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Johns Hopkins decides that it's time to spell out what academic freedom means at the institution.

Ohio State faculty object to draft intellectual property policy

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Ohio State University faculty members object to a proposed new intellectual property policy they say is too vague and appears to be too broad.

 

NYU professor is denied entry to the UAE, where the university has a campus

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After N.Y.U. professor working on migrant labor issues is barred from entering the United Arab Emirates, questions emerge about implications for faculty at the university's branch campus there.

 

UNC board kills 3 centers amid criticism that the action violates academic freedom

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Vote follows vocal protests and sets off more opposition. Head of poverty research center, one of the targets, announces that he has raised private money to continue work -- and dares board to try to stop him.

Steven Salaita's long-anticipated lawsuit against the U. of Illinois includes a twist.

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Steven Salaita's long-anticipated lawsuit against the U. of Illinois includes a twist: in addition to administrators, he's suing the donors he says interfered in his job at the university.

Women's college cancels play, saying it excludes transgender experiences

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A student group at a women's college has retired its annual production of The Vagina Monologues in favor of a production that will be more inclusive of transgender students. 

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