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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 24, 2012 Feigning Free Speech on Campus (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Colleges and universities are supposed to be bastions of unbridled inquiry and expression, but they probably do as much to repress free speech as any other institution in young people’s lives.... Since the 1980s, in part because of “political correctness” concerns about racially insensitive speech and sexual harassment, and in part because of the dramatic expansion in the ranks of nonfaculty campus administrators, colleges have enacted stringent speech codes.
New York Times Jun 23, 2011 Attack of the federal sex police
QUOTE: a seemingly innocuous 19-page letter on April 4 from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to colleges and universities....includes a requirement that universities adopt a "preponderance of the evidence" standard of proof for deciding sexual harassment and sexual assault. In other words, in every case of alleged sexual harassment or sexual assault, a disciplinary board must decide on the basis of more likely than not.
New York Post Jun 15, 2011 Ex-Spy Alleges Bush White House Sought to Discredit Critic
QUOTE: A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.
New York Times Jun 13, 2011 Scientists Measure the Accuracy of a Racism Claim
QUOTE: physical anthropologists at the University of Pennsylvania, which owns Morton’s collection, have remeasured the skulls, and in an article that does little to burnish Dr
New York Times Jun 03, 2011 When Teachers Talk Out of School (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Such teachers have become minor Internet celebrities, lauded by their fans for exposing students’ insolent manners and desultory work habits. Their backers also say that teachers’ freedom of speech is imperiled when we penalize their out-of-school remarks...The truly scary restrictions on teacher speech lie inside the schoolhouse walls, not beyond them.
New York Times May 29, 2011 Out of Fear, Colleges Lock Books and Images Away From Scholars
QUOTE: A common problem bedevils those different university collections. Wide online access is curtailed, in part because they contain "orphan works," whose copyright owners can't be found. And the institutions that hold the collections—a consortium of major research libraries and the University of California campuses at San Diego and Los Angeles—must deal with legal uncertainty in deciding how to share the works. A university that goes too far could end up facing a copyright-infringement lawsuit.
Baltimore Chronicle Mar 27, 2011 American Thought Police
QUOTE: The hard right... has a modus operandi when it comes to scholars expressing views it dislikes: never mind the substance, go for the smear. And that demand for copies of e-mails is obviously motivated by no more than a hope that it will provide something, anything, that can be used to subject Mr. Cronon to the usual treatment... But there’s a clear chilling effect when scholars know that they may face witch hunts whenever they say things the G.O.P. doesn’t like.
New York Times Mar 21, 2011 Gains, and Drawbacks, for Female Professors
QUOTE: Many female professors say that M.I.T.’s aggressive push to hire more women has created the sense that they are given an unfair advantage..." "To women in my generation, these residual issues can sound small because we see so much progress," said Nancy H. Hopkins, a molecular biologist who instigated the first report. “But they’re not small; they still create an unequal playing field for women — not just at universities, and certainly not just at M.I.T. And they’re harder to change because they are a reflection of where women stand in society."
New York Times May 25, 2010 BP’s Ties to Agency Are Long and Complex
QUOTE: The relationships among Dr. Chu, Dr. Koonin and BP illustrate the complexity of the ties between the company and the government now playing out along the Gulf Coast as they struggle to cope with one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. Just as the Pentagon and military contractors develop symbiotic business, technical and political interdependencies, the government in this case needs BP’s offshore drilling technology and well-control equipment; the company needs the government’s logistical and scientific expertise, including that of Dr. Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.
New York Times May 09, 2010 U-Va. urged to fight subpoena of climate scientist's documents
QUOTE: Academics from across the country are rallying against a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II seeking documents related to the work of a former University of Virginia climate scientist, even as the university says it is preparing to comply with Cuccinelli's request.
Washington Post Apr 21, 2010 After police raid, JMU editor gets crash course on privacy act
QUOTE: Congress established the federal Privacy Protection Act in 1980 to protect newsrooms after authorities raided Stanford University’s Stanford Daily in 1971....Subpoenas are the established method for authorities to request photographs or other material from newsrooms...
Daily Progress Oct 08, 2009 Chinese history textbooks: The fragility of truth
QUOTE: SCHOOL textbooks in China have a habit of bending the truth, to suit Communist Party dogma or to reinforce moral messages. Rarely does anyone challenge them. Exams require rote learning, and children are not encouraged to question received wisdom.
Economist Sep 02, 2009 GM crops: Battlefield: Papers suggesting that biotech crops might harm the environment attract a hail of abuse from other scientists. Emily Waltz asks if the critics fight fair.
QUOTE: some scientists say that this activity [attacking papers that criticize genetically modified crops] may be going beyond what is acceptable in scientific discussions, trampling important research questions and stifling debate.
Nature Aug 20, 2009 Hugo Chávez seeks to catch them young: Venezuela's education “reforms”
QUOTE: the focus of the Venezuelan leader’s [Hugo Chávez] reforms [for education] is on ensuring the intrusion of politics at every level. Mariano Herrera, an educationalist, predicts that the result will be greater inequality, not less
Economist Jul 14, 2009 Can Corporate Funding Save Endangered College Classes?
QUOTE: Could the next step in saving American education be Introduction to Nutrition, Sponsored by McDonald's or PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Accounting 101?
Time Magazine Nov 17, 2008 College Leaders' Salaries Climb: Raises Outpace Rise in Inflation
QUOTE: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has been investigating college costs..."In these hard economic times, apparently belt-tightening is for families and students, not university presidents."
Washington Post Nov 10, 2008 ‘Entitled’ students expect better grades for effort: study
QUOTE: Those are among the revelations in a newly published study examining students' sense of academic entitlement, or the mentality that enrolling in post-secondary education is akin to shopping in a store where the customer is always right.
National Post Aug 14, 2008 How (Not) to Fix a Flaw Experts say disclosing bugs prevents security flaws from festering.
QUOTE: argues that researchers need to be protected as they investigate these types of flaws. "It's extremely rare for a court to bar anyone from speaking before that person has even had a chance to speak," she says. "We think this sets a terrible precedent that's very dangerous for security research."
Technology Review May 05, 2008 Dartmouth's 'Hostile' Environment
QUOTE: an Ivy League professor threatening to sue her students because, she claims, their "anti-intellectualism" violated her civil rights...some of her students were so unreceptive of "French narrative theory" that it amounted to a hostile working environment. She is also readying lawsuits against her superiors...
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Feb 21, 2008 Columbia Cites Plagiarism by a Professor
QUOTE: [The accused professor] in an e-mail message to faculty and students... called the investigation “biased and flawed,” and said it was part of a “conspiracy and witch hunt by certain current and former members of the [college] community.”
New York Times Feb 04, 2008 Some Campuses Decide Tobacco Company Money Is ‘Tainted’
QUOTE: [Officials at a Texas university] decided two months ago to draw a line, and refuse all tobacco money for student groups, as well as for faculty research. “What it came down to for us was the ethical dimension,” said [one official]. “The leadership of the school felt that in some sense it was tainted money, that it is money gotten from a product that is significantly harming people.”
New York Times Jan 25, 2008 Minorities for Money? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I teach at a state university that offers financial incentives to hire minority candidates...  What do you think about our setting up a hidden recorder to hear what potential home buyers say about our property?
New York Times Nov 20, 2007 Decline of the Tenure Track Raises Concerns
QUOTE: Rutgers University agreed in a labor settlement in August to add 100 tenure or tenure-track positions. Across the country, faculty unions are organizing part-timers. And the American Federation of Teachers is pushing legislation in 11 states to mandate that 75 percent of classes be taught by tenured or tenure-track teachers.
New York Times Sep 30, 2007 Enough Said? Probably Not. Free-Speech Issues Once Again Testing University President
QUOTE: The event has drawn attention to Bollinger's record at Columbia, where issues related to Israel and the Middle East have exploded in controversy in nearly every one of his five years as president.
Washington Post Sep 28, 2007 Graduation: No Gr_du_te Left Behind
QUOTE: The Bush administration, having used the No Child Left Behind Act to impose accountability — and, critics would say, a sterile uniformity — on the reluctant world of public elementary and secondary schools, is now seeking to accomplish something similar in post-secondary education.
New York Times Sep 18, 2007 Furor Ends in Deanship for Liberal Scholar
QUOTE: The decision followed five days of gale-force criticism from campuses around the nation, almost all of it centered on accusations that the university allowed politics to interfere with academic freedom when it withdrew its offer to Professor Chemerinsky last week.
New York Times Aug 28, 2007 DePaul pulls plug on controversial professor: Course cancelled a week before class
QUOTE: According to the norms of academia, a professor denied tenure has the right to a final year of teaching at the university that turns him down. The watchdog of those rights is the American Association of University Professors, the umbrella organization of college teachers, which can censure a school found in violation of its ground rules. Such a finding also can be the preliminary to a lawsuit against the university by the faculty member.
Chicago Tribune Aug 21, 2007 Criticism of a Gender Theory, and a Scientist Under Siege
QUOTE: In his book, [J. Michael Bailey] argued that some people born male who want to cross genders are driven primarily by an erotic fascination with themselves as women… scientists praised the book as a compelling explanation of the science… [but] transgender women found the tone of the book abusive…
New York Times Jul 30, 2007 Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling
QUOTE: Their study… found that men and women get very different responses when they initiate negotiations… [and that] men and women were more likely to subtly penalize women who asked for more -- the perception was that women who asked for more were "less nice".
Washington Post Jun 27, 2007 On Education: Film Portrays Stifling of Speech, but One College’s Struggle Reflects a Nuanced Reality
QUOTE: A new documentary is making the rounds that argues, with vivid examples, that the nation’s colleges are squelching freedom of expression and are no longer free marketplaces of ideas.
New York Times Jun 01, 2007 Sense and Consensus
QUOTE: Consensus, then, is the guiding principal of Jeffersonian executive action. And so it is in universities. Consensus-seeking slows down decision-making sometimes disastrously, but most of the time benignly — making universities the most conservative of organizations, which rarely lose their pants in fly-by-night schemes. So, while advancement is slowed, risk is minimized.
Inside Higher Ed May 23, 2007 Sexual harassment in art school: A certain 50-ish lothario lured a student into his office and made clumsy advances. Should a complaint be lodged?
QUOTE: Last week, two of my graduate students confided to me about an incident of sexual harassment perpetrated by one of my colleagues: the husband, mortifyingly, of my department chair.
Salon May 19, 2007 Associates of Jailed Saudi Activist Held: Pair's Backers Call Terror Probe an Effort to Forestall Reform
QUOTE: Two men have been arrested in recent weeks in a widening terrorism investigation that political activists say is a government attempt to silence demands for democratic reform.
Washington Post Apr 20, 2007 Iraqi doctor who disputes official death tolls is denied visa to visit UW
QUOTE: An Iraqi doctor who made international headlines after stating that civilian deaths in the Iraq war far exceeded officially reported numbers is not being allowed to travel to North America to meet other academics .... Hagopian, who is conducting research with Lafta, believes the Bush administration is purposely blocking his travel to the United States.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Feb 12, 2007 Believing Scripture but Playing by Science’s Rules
QUOTE: "In theory, scientists look to nature for answers to questions about nature, and test those answers with experiment and observation. For Biblical literalists, Scripture is the final authority.... The conflicts arise often these days, particularly as people debate the teaching of evolution"
New York Times Oct 09, 2006 In N.Y., Sparks Fly Over Israel Criticism: Polish Consulate Says Jewish Groups Called To Oppose Historian
QUOTE: only in America -- not in Israel -- is this a problem," he said. "These are Jewish organizations that believe they should keep people who disagree with them on the Middle East away from anyone who might listen."
Washington Post Sep 21, 2006 Protect Your Privacy
QUOTE: When you send a personal e-mail message on your university computer through the university’s server, do you feel secure in your privacy, or do you instead imagine Big Brother reading it?...Whether they are watching you or not, colleges do have fairly well defined policies in regard to appropriate use of e-mail. These policies give the institutions room to maneuver and employees enough room to hang themselves.
Inside Higher Ed Sep 18, 2006 Institutions Hinder Female Academics, Panel Says
QUOTE: Women in science and engineering are hindered not by lack of ability but by bias and “outmoded institutional structures” in academia....report recommends that universities alter procedures for hiring and evaluation, change typical timetables for tenure and promotion, and provide more support for working parents.
New York Times Aug 18, 2006 Teacher's radical 9/11 views raise red flags: A university lecturer casts doubt that terrorists plotted the attacks. Is that academic freedom?
QUOTE: the case raises questions about academic freedom: Are there limits to what can be taught, and if so, who decides them? Are certain views indicative of incompetence...or does such criticism lead to censorship?
Christian Science Monitor Aug 01, 2006 A Skeptic on 9/11 Prompts Questions on Academic Freedom
QUOTE: Mr. Barrett’s views...have outraged some Wisconsin legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom on a campus long known as a haven for progressive ideologies and student activism.
New York Times Jul 13, 2006 Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist: Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women
QUOTE: After he underwent a sex change...another scientist...was heard to say, "Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then his work is much better than his sister's"...many men are unconscious of the privileges that come with being male, which leaves them unable to countenance talk of glass ceilings and discrimination.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2006 A Taliban Past, and a Cloudy Yale Future
QUOTE: A student at Yale University who was once a roving ambassador for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has been denied admission to a degree-granting program...
New York Times Jun 19, 2006 The Injustice Collector: Is James Joyce’s grandson suppressing scholarship?
QUOTE: [Stephen Joyce's] primary motive has been to put a halt to work that, in his view, either violates his family’s privacy or exceeds the bounds of reputable scholarship. The two-decade-long effort has also been an exercise in power—an attempt to establish his own centrality in regard to anything involving his grandfather. If you want to write about James Joyce and plan to quote more than a few short passages, you need Stephen’s consent....Most prickly literary estates are interested in suppressing unflattering or intrusive information, but no one combines tolltaker, brand enforcer, and arbiter of taste as relentlessly as Stephen does....Joyceans find it especially galling that the estate representing one of the most censored writers of his day—“Ulysses” was banned in America until 1934—has itself become a censor....Yet, for the first time, a Joycean is fighting to free herself from Stephen’s control.
New Yorker May 19, 2006 5 Professors Quit Religious School: Some Complain of Academic Constraints at Loudoun Institution
QUOTE: Nearly a third of the faculty members at Patrick Henry College in Loudoun County are leaving the school because of what they described as limitations on their academic freedom
Washington Post Feb 22, 2006 Embattled Harvard President To Resign
QUOTE: Lawrence H. Summers, the president of Harvard University, announced yesterday that he will resign his post, bringing to close a stormy tenure in which the former Treasury secretary made impolitic remarks about women, alienated many black professors and repeatedly clashed with the faculty...
Washington Post Apr 11, 2005 Open-Access Journals Flourish
QUOTE: Despite concerns about the ethics of pay-for-play publishing, the number of open-access academic and medical journals is growing at a fast clip.
Wired Mar 29, 2005 Group Seeks Resignation of Columbia University President
QUOTE: ... a small group of [Columbia] graduate students began circulating a petition yesterday calling for the resignation of Columbia's president, Lee C. Bollinger, because he "failed to defend "... academic freedom and professors' right to express views publicly ...
New York Times Mar 29, 2005 College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds
QUOTE: Even after factoring in levels of achievement, as measured by published work and organization memberships, "the most likely conclusion" is that "being conservative counts against you," he said.
Washington Post Feb 27, 2005 A Plot Thickens: Three Decades After Chile's Right-Wing Coup, Historians Have Yet to Dot All the i's. But One Thinks He May Have Crossed a K.
QUOTE: Did the [Council on Foreign Relations--Ed.] cave to pressure from Kissinger and his allies and stop Maxwell's writings about Chile?
Washington Post Feb 05, 2005 Professor Under Fire For 9/11 Comments: Free Speech Furor Roils Over Remarks
QUOTE: Chancellor Phil DiStefano launched an "academic investigation" that could lead to the firing of Ward Churchill, a tenured full professor who ignited a national firestorm by applauding the 9/11 terrorist attacks and condemning the victims as greedy, arrogant and cruel.
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