Inside Higher Ed
April 8th, 2015
When Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, its first president
proclaimed a commitment to a “great freedom” for faculty and students to
pursue learning and research.
But the modern Johns Hopkins University has no official statement outlining the core tenets of academic freedom.
Senior administrators saw that as a hole in the university’s
principles, one that was highlighted after a series of campus incidents
in the past few years that involved academic freedom and free
expression, said Robert Lieberman, provost and vice president of
So last year, Lieberman and President Ronald Daniels announced the
creation of a new task force to craft such a statement. Now, after
several meetings and revisions, the administration is seeking feedback
on the task force’s final product.