Most of this week on this blog, we’ve been talking about no-platforming. Yesterday, we considered what academic freedom principles might justify no-platforming a campus speaker. Today, let’s look at the other side. When does no-platforming amount to a violation of academic freedom? All other things being equal, no-platforming probably violates academic freedom in the following … Continue reading When Is No-Platforming a Violation of Academic Freedom?
Last night, after I shared yesterday’s post, a colleague at another university nudged me for some details on the connection between academic freedom and the ability to criticize the institution. I think the answer is worth making explicit here. Universities are operated by collegial governance. That means that the collegium of scholars collectively governs the university. … Continue reading So, what’s the connection between academic freedom and criticizing the university?
Yesterday on this blog, I published a summary of what some key organizations say in their policies (and policy-esque statements and agreements) about academic freedom, and an accompanying worksheet so that readers can investigate the academic freedom policies of their own higher ed institutions and organizations. Having completed that leg of the #dailyacademicfreedom (Yes! It’s a … Continue reading Policy is only one piece of the puzzle
We’re now in the final leg of our scan of what UNESCO, AAUP, AUCC, CAUT and University of Waterloo have to say about the main features of academic freedom. So far, we’ve looked at: the source and purpose of academic freedom, the various freedoms that are included in the broader category of academic freedom, the … Continue reading Who Has Academic Freedom?