Category Archives: Academic Freedom

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Lecturer Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Apologizes and Deletes Account

Updated (4/12/2017, 3:02 p.m.) with statement from Fresno State’s president.

A lecturer at California State University at Fresno who tweeted that “Trump must hang” has apologized for the statement and deleted his Twitter account.

The instructor, Lars Maischak, acted after the president of Fresno State, Joseph I. Castro, condemned the tweet and said the university would participate in any federal investigation of the incident. Earlier this week Mr. Maischak said his message had been taken out of …

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Fresno State President Vows to Cooperate in Investigation of Lecturer Who Tweeted, ‘Trump Must Hang’

The president of California State University at Fresno has promised to cooperate in any resulting federal investigation following a lecturer’s tweet that appeared to call for fatal violence against President Trump.

“The university is taking this matter seriously and handling it in accordance with applicable law and policy, as well as our traditions of academic freedom and the requirements of the faculty collective-bargaining unit agreement,” Joseph I. Castro, Fresno State’s president, wrote in a…

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Rollins College Student Is Reinstated Following Religious Dispute With Professor

Rollins College has reinstated a student who was suspended following a disagreement with his professor over religious discrimination, the student’s lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel.

Marshall Polston, a Christian student at the small liberal-arts college in Florida, was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing after his Muslim professor made a “protection against stalking” request to the Orange County Circuit Court. News of Mr. Polston’s suspension quickly gained national attention. Grant H…

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Faculty ‘Diversity Statements’ Are Called Threats to Academic Freedom

The “diversity statements” that many colleges now require of applicants for faculty positions are coming under attack by traditionalists and conservatives as threats to academic freedom.

The Oregon affiliate of the National Association of Scholars has issued a report accusing colleges in that state and elsewhere of creating “ideological litmus tests” for faculty hiring and promotion by asking candidates for statements discussing their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“The statem…

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Iowa State U. Defends 9/11 Assignment Against Lawmaker’s Criticism

When an Iowa State University lecturer assigned students to write about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, from the perspective of a terrorist group, he drew harsh criticism from an Iowa legislator, but campus administrators have defended the assignment.

The 500-word paper was part of an online course taught by James Strohman for the university’s department of world languages and cultures, The Des Moines Register reported. The assignment has been part of the course for years, but it r…

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Northwestern U. Is Accused of Violating Academic Freedom

Northwestern University engaged in “serious violations of academic freedom” both in its dealings with a bioethics journal that published a controversial article and in its investigation of Laura Kipnis, a film professor whom students accused of wrongdoing over her essay criticizing its sexual-misconduct policies, a faculty panel has concluded.

In a report on its findings, the Northwestern Faculty Senate’s ad hoc committee on academic freedom urges the university to revise its sexual-harassment…

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Legislative Panel Seeks to Open ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Office at U. of Tennessee

A committee of Tennessee lawmakers voted on Wednesday to spend nearly half a million dollars to open an office at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that would “encourage more people with conservative views to speak their minds,” reported The Tennessean.

The move followed the state legislature’s vote, in 2016, to take $436,000 from the university’s diversity office and add it to a scholarship fund for minority engineering students.

In Wednesday’s vote, the State Senate’s education committe…

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French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University at College Station was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially o…

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Student Is Suspended for Filming Instructor Who Made Anti-Trump Remarks

Orange Coast College, a community college in California, has suspended a student for filming a faculty member who expressed anti-Trump sentiments in class last year, The Orange County Register reports.

The student, Caleb O’Neil, filmed his psychology instructor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, making comments about President Trump’s election during her human-sexuality class. In the video, Ms. Cox, who has taught at the college for more than 40 years, can be heard voicing concern about antigay sentim…

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MLA Delegates Reject Call for an Academic Boycott of Israel

The Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly on Saturday defeated a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel and voted to move forward for consideration by the entire MLA membership another resolution that urges the association to refrain from endorsing a campaign for such boycotts, according to a posting on MLA Commons.

The group’s Executive Council will examine and may modify the anti-boycott resolution before forwarding it to the membership. In 2014, the membership defeated