AAUP Seeks Fair Use Exemption from Copyright Act

BY NANCY LONG In 2014, the AAUP joined a nationwide effort to obtain an exemption to the copyright laws that protect authors’ rights to fair use in the digital age. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) imposes criminal and civil liability on creators who circumvent technologies like encryption that protect copyrighted works. This poses a problem…

Solidarity Forever

BY LESLIE BARY Guest blogger Leslie Bary is District V Representative to the National Council of the AAUP and Secretary, Louisiana Conference. She teaches Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Louisiana. During the recent meeting of National Council of the AAUP I thought about quitting. The national leadership is obviously not interested in…

Confronting Hate Crimes on Campus

BY AMY HAGOPIAN AND EVA CHERNIAVSKY Recent news reports confirm what we’ve suspected: hate crimes in the U.S. are up. (Hate crimes are those crimes that target people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability, or national origin.) Last July, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported more than 940 potential bias incidents targeting Muslims just during…

UNC Board Disregards Open Meetings and Sunshine Laws

BY ALTHA CRAVEY I’ve been attending UNC Board of Governors’ meetings for about three years. I knew it was important to understand the Board’s increasing willingness to interfere in campus affairs across the state. The Board had already ceased being a bi-partisan Board with equal numbers of Republican and Democratic members, a “gentleman’s agreement” that…

“Free Speech” Policy Could “Chill” Protected Speech on UNC Campuses

BY MICHAEL BEHRENT The “free speech” policy currently  under consideration by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors could impose a “chill” on “constitutionally protected speech” on UNC campuses, according to a prominent First Amendment Scholar. Officers of the North Carolina Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently spoke with Professor William P. Marshall…

The Scary Stats on Contingency in Higher Education

POSTED BY KELLY HAND Happy Halloween! It’s Campus Equity Week, when faculty, students, and communities on campuses across the country shine a light on the increasingly precarious nature of academic work. The graphic below, created by AAUP digital organizer Mariah Quinn, captures the scary reality of our higher education system, in which contingent appointments now account…

The Problem with “Taking Offense”

BY AARON R. HANLON Aaron Hanlon is Assistant Professor of English at Colby College.  He writes regularly on issues related to free speech on campus, including recently in the New York Times. The notion that college student protesters are reacting to “offensive” speech has held outsized influence in national debates about free speech and student…

Generation Z’s Future Isn’t for Sale

BY LARA SCHWARTZ AND BILLY CZERWINSKI Tuesday night, the US Senate voted to gut a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that gave consumers, including student loan borrowers, recourse against banks who cheat us. This was a particularly remarkable act in light of recent revelations that Wells Fargo had fraudulently opened over three million fake accounts…