Posts Tagged ‘academic freedom’
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois says it has offered a teaching job to an instructor who was fired over a complaint that he engaged in hate speech in his explanation of Catholic Church doctrine on homosexuality.
The university also said July 29 that it would stop allowing the on-campus St. John's Catholic Newman Center [...]
RICHMOND, Va. — Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for records related to a former University of Virginia professor’s climate-change research is intended to challenge his conclusions rather than uncover fraud, the school said in court papers yesterday.
Cuccinelli, a global-warming skeptic, is investigating whether Michael Mann defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain state grants [...]
URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church’s teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.
The professor, Ken Howell of Champaign, said his firing violates his academic freedom. He also [...]
A federal appellate judge’s simple solutions in a recent ruling for those confronted with repugnant e-mail messages — engage in debate or hit the delete button on your computer — have deep roots in First Amendment law. They involve the counter-speech doctrine and the “avert your eyes” rationale.
The underlying case involved Walter Kehowski, a math [...]
PHOENIX — A federal appeals court ruling in a case involving a college professor’s racially charged e-mails says First Amendment rights mean people offended should delete the e-mails or engage the sender in debate, not “invoke the power of the government” to shut him up.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling yesterday doesn’t outright [...]
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis scientist who was among a select group picked by the Obama administration to pursue a solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been removed from the group because of writings on his Web site, the U.S. Energy Department confirmed yesterday.
Washington University physics professor Jonathan I. [...]
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic-studies program.
State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, says the Tucson school district's Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people. Public schools should not encourage students to resent a particular [...]
Editor’s note: The Associated Press reported on May 27 that the University of Virginia had filed a petition in Albemarle County Circuit Court seeking to set aside Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's investigative demands. Rector John O. Wynne said the university’s legal challenge to the investigation was an attempt to defend its academic freedom, including its [...]
Editor’s note: William Ayers spoke as planned April 28 at the University of Wyoming. Meanwhile, Ayers and the student who invited him to speak agreed to drop their lawsuit on May 18 after the university agreed to pay $50,000 in attorneys fees.
CASPER, Wyo. — A federal judge has ruled that the University of Wyoming must
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming has canceled a speech by former 1960s radical William Ayers after hundreds of objections from citizens and politicians poured in over the man who became an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.
In a statement released by the university, UW President Tom Buchanan said he supported the decision to [...]
NEW YORK — Two prominent Muslim scholars once accused of having ties to terrorism can reapply to travel to the United States now that the State Department has concluded they pose no danger to the country, federal spokesmen said last week.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of professors Tariq [...]
AMHERST, Mass. — A convicted domestic terrorist whose plans to speak at the University of Massachusetts sparked controversy has been denied parole permission to come to Massachusetts.
The U.S. Parole Commission declined to allow Raymond Levasseur to travel from his Maine home to speak tonight.
Gov. Deval Patrick said yesterday that he appreciated the decision.
UMass President Jack [...]
Public colleges and universities must be vigilant and do more to protect academic freedom, particularly in the wake of court decisions limiting the free-expression rights of public employees, says the American Association of University Professors.
AAUP, the nation’s largest group that represents academics, has launched a campaign it calls “Speak Up, Speak Out: Protect the Faculty [...]
BOSTON — A convicted domestic terrorist whose scheduled speech at the University of Massachusetts was canceled has been reinvited to campus by a faculty group against the objections of the school’s administration and Gov. Deval Patrick.
Raymond Levasseur, a former leader of the United Freedom Front, is scheduled to speak at the university tomorrow night.
The group [...]
Editor’s note: Rick Steiner said Oct. 23 that the faculty union had decided not to pursue his claim further, and, as a result, he would resign.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The University of Alaska has rejected a faculty union
grievance filed on behalf of a professor who had federal funding pulled for
being an outspoken critic of the oil [...]