The “Academic Bill of Rights” movement, launched by right wing activists in
2003, has sought to legislate control over student rights, the hiring of faculty members,
and curricula. It activists claims to seek academic freedom in an academy that has been
virtually taken over by leftists aiming at indoctrinating students into their vision of the
world. Through a variety of groups, including Students for Academic Freedom, the
movement claims to base its initiatives on principles established by the American
Association of University Professors (AAUP). These efforts, which seek to bring
academia under governmental control and which seek to extend a state-dominated
version of academic freedom to all stakeholders in higher education, distort and
undermine AAUP principles. AAUP statements on academic freedom go back to 1915.
These carefully crafted statements aim at establishing the autonomy of the academic
profession and its independence from political, economic and social pressures in the
pursuit of knowledge and in teaching. The “Academic Bill of Rights Movement” uses
AAUP principles rhetorically for political purposes.
"Undermining Principles of Academic Freedom: The "Academic Bill of Rights" Movement,"
Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy: Vol. 0
, Article 37.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol0/iss2/37