“aid in providing legal support to faculty whose academic freedom is threatened by institutions’ or officials’ violations of constitutional, statutory, contractual, or school-based rights”
This is long overdue. Hopefully, the membership of this organization will flourish.
Campus Reform reports:
Hundreds of profs unveil ‘Academic Freedom Alliance’ to promote 1st Amendment on campus
Professors launched a nonprofit to promote free expression on college campuses.
The Academic Freedom Alliance describes itself as a consortium of “college and university faculty members who are dedicated to upholding the principle of academic freedom.” Their members range “across the political spectrum” and recognize that “an attack on academic freedom anywhere is an attack on academic freedom everywhere.”
In addition to defending academics’ freedom of thought in their work as professors and citizens, the Academic Freedom Alliance’s members will “aid in providing legal support to faculty whose academic freedom is threatened by institutions’ or officials’ violations of constitutional, statutory, contractual, or school-based rights.”
Members of the group “pledge to support fellow AFA members whose rights have been violated or are threatened.”
Keith Whittington, a politics professor at Princeton University who chairs the organization, said in a press release that “AFA will counteract the pressure on school administrators to crack down on controversial views and will provide faculty with strength in numbers to defend their academic freedom.”
“The AFA’s defense will not depend on a faculty member’s viewpoint, nor will it endorse the content of what they express,” he added. “It will simply defend their right to expression.”
Members range ideologically from Cornel West of Harvard University to Robert P. George of Princeton University, a leading conservative intellectual. Most of America’s premier universities — including Stanford University, Yale University, and MIT — are represented.
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