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Resolution

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A resolution adopted by the City University of new York Council of the American Association of University Professors that would allow members of the academic community to "protect the university from tactics which undermine the structure of freedom."

Subject

American Association of University Professors-City University of New York Council
Academic freedom

Creator

American Association of University Professors-City University of New York Council

Source

QueensCollegeCampusUnrestCollection.Box1.Folder1

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1969-03-11

Date Created

2015-04-08

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JPEG

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Language

English

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Text

Spatial Coverage

New York (N.Y.)

Text

The City University of New York council
Of the
American Association of University Professors
RESOLUTION
On March 11, 1969, the City University of New York Council of the American Association of University Professors adopted the following resolution based upon the principles set forth in the 1940 STATEMENT OF
PRINCIPLES ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM and TENURE, the 1967 JOINT STATEMENT OF RIGHTS AND
FREEDOMS OF STUDENTS, and the 1967 Special Resolution of the Council of the American Association of
University Professors:
The unfettered search for truth, freedom of inquiry, and free expression are basic to the purpose and nature of academic institutions. All members of the academic community have the right to share in this freedom of thought and action, and to support those causes in which they believe.
The history of the work of the AAUP in the defense of academic freedom, whether threatened by administration, governing bodies, or forces outside the University is a matter of record.
It is now necessary to declare that it is destructive of the pursuit of learning and contrary to the essence of a free society to disrupt the regular and essential operation of an academic institution, to interfere with the instructor's conduct of a course, to prevent speakers invited to the campus from speaking, to obstruct and restrain other members of the academic community and campus visitors by physical force.
The threat to academic freedom does not derive alone from the activities of a disruptive minority. It arises also from the actions of administrations that undermine the role of responsible faculty and students in the governance of the university, and that preclude the possibility of full and rational discussion of issues before decisions are made.
All academic policy on such matters as the structure of academic programs, the content of courses of study, faculty recruitment, promotion, and tenure, student admissions, matriculation and student standards, should be made by duly constituted and properly representative college governing bodies in strict compliance with precisely formulated and widely distributed rules of procedures for the adoption or modification of such procedures.
All members of the academic community are under a strong obligation to protect the university from tactics which undermine the structure of freedom.
* * *
The CUNY Council of AAUP hereby directs its Committee on College and University Governance to initiate or act upon requests for inquiries into complaints presented through a constituent AAUP chapter against an administrative officer of a College or the University, charging acts of commission or omission resulting in violation of any of the principles of the RESOLUTION adopted by the CUNY Council of AAUP on March 11, 1969. The Council is prepared to call upon the National AAUP to set in motion procedures leading to the censure of administrative officers and institutions in instances in which the CUNY-AAUP Council's Committee on College and University Governance concludes that such action is appropriate.

Original Format

Paper
8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)

Citation

American Association of University Professors-City University of New York Council, “Resolution,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 16, 2021, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/308.

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