AAUP condemns the UNC system, condemns Linfield

The American Association of University Professors Council voted Thursday to condemn the University of North Carolina for “violating AAUP-backed governance standards for failing to participate in joint planning and efforts with their faculties, to engage in appropriate self-limitation, and to change search and appointment procedures.” Meaningful consultation with faculty when performing and acting as their organization’s champion when their support is urgently needed. ” Specifically, AAUP noted “closing the system’s three university-based policy centers in 2015, not re-appointing Eric Mueller, a distinguished law professor at the UNC Press Board, and adopting a 2017 North Carolina State ‘free speech’ policy.” .

UNC has protected those works in the past.

AAUP Council also:

  • Linfield University has been criticized for firing Daniel Polak-Pelzner, a permanent English professor who spoke out on multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by university board members. The university said: “In light of the litigation issues and the legal issues involved, the university was not in a position to participate in the AAUP or provide any information. According to him, the report has been issued without the opportunity to hear the side of the university on these issues.
  • The 2019 condemnation of St. Edwards University over the dismissal of term-track faculty members has been withdrawn. The AAUP noted the existence of a new policy, adopted under a new president and approved by the faculty, “where the burden of reasoning rests on the administration.”

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