Academic freedom

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. 

MLA members debate when and how to take a stand on issues such as Israel boycott

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MLA debates when and how it should enter political debates, and whether it should endorse boycott of Israeli universities -- with scholars on all sides invoking academic freedom.

Canadian professors spar over limits of academic freedom

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The U. of New Brunswick stands behind a professor who said Asians are ruining the "British" city of Vancouver.

Harvard law professor says requests for trigger warnings limit education about rape law

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Professor sets off debate by writing that student requests to avoid discussions on rape law are limiting important parts of legal education. Some faculty say that they don't avoid the topic, but handle discussions in different ways than they do other subjects.

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