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Recent Statements and Actions

Presentation by O’Brien at AAUP chapter meeting, “AAUP Censure, Academic Freedom, and Criminal background Checks:  An Open Discussion”, October 2015

This statement addresses common questions that have arisen in relation to the AAUP’s censure of the University of Illinois. It outlines briefly the AAUP’s procedures for removing a university from its censure list and how these are likely to apply to the University of Illinois. It ends with a few comments on what might be done to move the University forward, quite apart from the issue of censure.

Policy Statement on Shared Instruction, July 2010

Starting in the late 1950s, the UIUC AAUP Chapter took an active interest in the arrangement regarding the teaching of religious studies for university credit by the campus denominational foundations.  The arrangement then consisted of the various, but not all, foundations offering undergraduate credit courses mostly on their premises with practically no University oversight or approval through the customary campus channels as to course content or instructor approval.

UIUC Faculty Group Letter to Governor on Reconstituting the UI Board of Trustees, August 2009

Starting in the late 1950s, the UIUC AAUP Chapter took an active interest in the arrangement regarding the teaching of religious studies for university credit by the campus denominational foundations.  The arrangement then consisted of the various, but not all, foundations offering undergraduate credit courses mostly on their premises with practically no University oversight or approval through the customary campus channels as to course content or instructor approval.

Right to Autonomously Determine and Implement its Admissions Process, July 2009

The Policy Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) strongly endorses the principle that the university has the right to autonomously determine and implement its admissions process. This is essential to maintain the integrity of the admissions process, which is central to the educational mission and reputation of the university.

AAUP UIUC Chapter Statement:  The Academy for Capitalism and Limited Government Fund: Faculty Authority and Responsibility, October 2007

On Friday, October 26, the Policy Committee of our chapter approved the following Statement (The Academy for Capitalism and Limited Government Fund: Faculty Authority and Responsibility).  The Statement invites faculty to engage in the work of re-framing the proposed mission of the Academy for Capitalism and Limited Government Fund.  The Statement goes on to suggest three tasks worthy of special attention.

Concerning the Suspension of Daily Illini Editors, February 2006

The following statement was issued by the Policy Committee of the UIUC Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Since its founding in 1915, the AAUP has been the nation’s leading organization in defense of academic freedom and in support of freedom of expression in American colleges and universities.

Concerning the Rehiring of Retired Faculty, July 2006

The UIUC Board of Trustee policies for rehiring retirees, as implemented by President White beginning Summer 2005, was of significant concern to many. Under this “pre-approval” practice, the BOT formally reviewed and approved virtually all new appointments and reappointments of UI retirees before the person’s employment was to begin, a “hands-on” approach by the board that seemed unwieldy and in conflict with the President’s authority to make “day to day” non-faculty hiring decisions as described in the University Statutes.