Thursday, November 10, 2016

AAUP Warns of Historic Threat to Academic Freedom Posed by Trump

The American Association of University Professors warned in a statement on Wednesday that many college faculty members fear that President-elect Donald J. Trump “may be the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period.”

The organization’s first public statement on the election cited statements made by Mr. Trump and policies he has proposed that it said would threaten academic freedom.

“His remarks about minorities, immigrants, and women have on some campuses had a chilling effect on the rights of students and faculty members to speak out,” it said.

The AAUP also took issue with Mr. Trump’s lack of “clear and detailed policy proposals for higher education.” It urged him and Congress to listen to faculty members and educational leaders when devising  higher-education policy.

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