Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AAUP defends academic freedom

The News-Gazette
June 23rd, 2015

I write as the president of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign AAUP Chapter in response to John Braeman's comments in the June 17 News-Gazette painting the American Association of University Professors as a racist organization.
The concept of academic freedom is the professional parallel to the First Amendment's freedom of speech guarantees.
In the same manner as unpopular ideas and utterance are protected by the U.S. Constitution to be freely disseminated, academic freedom guarantees that scholars are free from institutional prohibitions to speak and write to be ultimately judged by their profession at large and at their university. The University of Illinois has in place procedures by which such judgments can be achieved.
For 100 years, the AAUP has firmly stood for and vigorously defended academic freedom and shared governance, as well as other concepts.

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