Academic freedom

Israel, South Africa, Academic Boycotts

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Faculty of U. of Johannesburg will vote this week on whether to sever the institution's ties to Ben-Gurion U.

Deans Can't Count on First Amendment

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In this era of brutal budget cuts and unpleasant debates about college priorities, deans at public institutions can't count on First Amendment protection if they disagree with their bosses in public.

Research Deals Under Microscope

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Review of contracts between big oil companies and universities finds too much corporate control over scholarship, but colleges fervently dispute findings.

Academic Freedom Verdict

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Faculty panel at Illinois finds that university may have legitimate reasons to dismiss adjunct who sent anti-gay e-mail, but that his offending students is not one of them.

'The Lost Soul of Higher Education'

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To begin an article by saying that American higher education is in a state of crisis would be -- at least to most readers of this site -- so familiar as to border on tautology. "Well, sure," the reader can be imagined thinking. "But is she referring to the years of economic turmoil and drastic budget cuts? The adjunctification of the faculty? The neglect of the liberal arts and humanities? The watering down of academic standards?"

Academic Freedom and Holocaust Denial

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Lincoln U. of Pennsylvania professor, who says he is being attacked by supporters of Israel, questions whether there is consensus on what happened to Europe's Jews.

Not a Fireable Offense

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Controversial Lincoln University English and journalism professor who criticized Israel and denied the Holocaust will keep his post.

Uncertain First Amendment Rights

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A federal appeals court ruled Friday that it is not clear whether public college faculty members have First Amendment protection for criticisms they make of administrators.

The Catholicity Test

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The occasional flaps between professors at Roman Catholic institutions and the bishops in their dioceses often hinge on whether allegiance to church orthodoxy trumps the free spirit of inquiry celebrated in academe. The church’s efforts to strike a balance between those two sometimes-competing values will soon be brought to the forefront again, as bishops begin a formal review of how well colleges are upholding their Catholic identities.

Video Killed the Faculty Star

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In what seems the TMZ-ification of higher education, three separate professors have found themselves the subjects of “gotcha” YouTube segments in recent days.

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