AAUP Letter

The national AAUP writes a letter outlining the unprecedented nature of what JCU's Board is intent on doing -- noting with regard to budgetary hardship, that "In our analysis of hundreds of faculty handbooks, this is the first time we have encountered this category."  Because all of JCU's faculty would be threatened by the prospect of termination, this amendment would have a silencing effect on faculty who would fear researching or teaching about controversial topics.  The AAUP warns the Board that its proposed amendments would therefore deny JCU's Faculty academic freedom.