Statement on Faculty Harassment

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:15

AAC&U, AAUP, and AFT have called on campus leaders and governing boards to take a stand against the harassment of faculty that threatens free speech and academic freedom.             
"At a variety of institutions—public and private, large and small—individual members of the faculty have been singled out for campaigns of harassment in response to remarks they have made, or are alleged to have made, in public speeches, on social media, or in the classroom. . . . The threats are often accompanied by calls for college and university administrators to summarily dismiss or otherwise discipline the offending faculty member," the statement said. "We therefore call on college and university leaders and members of governing boards to reject outside pressures to remove or discipline faculty members whose ideas or commentary may be provocative or controversial and to denounce in forceful terms these campaigns of harassment."