June 27, 2017
The AAUP today issued a letter to Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of the Trinity College, urging her to immediately reinstate professor Johnny Eric Williams to is normal faculty duties. Professor Williams, an associate professor of sociology with twenty-one years of service at Trinity College, was placed on leave Monday evening after being targeted with a flood of threats following reports about his social media postings by the right-wing media outlet Campus Reform. (More background information here.)
The AAUP has long held that academic freedom includes the freedom to address the larger community with regard to any matter of social, political, economic, or other interest without institutional discipline or restraint, save in response to fundamental violations of professional ethics or statements that suggest disciplinary incompetence.
Read the full posting at the national AAUP website here.
Read the full letter here.
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