October 23rd, 2014
Freedom of speech is a right we champion as an inherent right that all Americans are afforded from birth onward.
In universities across the United States, however, that right is being restricted to the point where exercising it results in punishment.
Professors across the U.S. are having their freedom of speech controlled by administrators.
According to an Indiana Daily Student article from Tuesday, professors from Chicago State University, Colorado State University and the University of Illinois are among the many academics who face opposition from their administration.
At Colorado State University, a faculty member had his email account suspended after he criticized recent firings.
In response to these recent events, the Bloomington Faculty Council voted to amend a resolution that asserts their academic freedom of speech at IU.
The amendment had a clause of the resolution that stated teachers or librarians should “exercise appropriate restraint” when expressing their views or opinions, which was removed.
The fact remains that academic freedom is an inherent right of academia. In 1940, the American Association of University Professors released a Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, stating “Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research.