The Chronicle of Higher education
May 29th, 2015
Neither the legal principle of academic freedom nor the receipt of
outside financial support for his work gives a public-college lecturer a
right to declare his correspondence private, the University of Kansas
argued this week in state court.
In a brief filed in a records dispute
involving Arthur Hall, a lecturer who serves as director of the
university’s Center for Applied Economics, the university argued that
only higher-education institutions, and not their individual faculty
members, have a right to academic freedom under the First Amendment. It
also disputed Mr. Hall’s assertion that the state’s open-records law
does not cover his correspondence as director because the center is
financed with private funds from businesses.