Brooklyn College: Administrative Attempt to Stop Academic Freedom Resolution

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Brooklyn College, City University of New York

The City University of New York’s Brooklyn College reversed a decision that disbanded the student government in order to prevent it from voting for a resolution that included an academic bill of rights. After protests from students, faculty members, and FIRE, the college restored the student government to its previous status.

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  • Academic Freedom on the Front Lines

    January 11, 2005

    By any measure, Brooklyn College ’s current leadership sports a dreary record regarding the protection of academic freedom on campus. In 2002, the college unsuccessfully attempted to deny me promotion and the resulting tenure for “uncollegial” behavior—which the administration defined, in writing, as disagreeing with the political, curricular, and personnel opinions of some senior colleagues. Last fall, the administration proposed making “collegiality” a basis of evaluation for the scholarship, teaching, service, and overall performance of all untenured faculty. (No doubt many faculty leftists would deem “uncollegial” the scholarship of Richard Pipes or the teaching of John Lewis Gaddis.) A few […]

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  • Victory for Academic Freedom at Brooklyn College

    November 23, 2004

    BROOKLYN, N.Y., November 23, 2004—The City University of New York’s Brooklyn College has reversed a decision that effectively disbanded the student government to prevent it from voting for a resolution including an academic bill of rights.  After protests from students, faculty members, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the college restored the student government to its earlier status, allowing it to continue with its work.            “While we are pleased that Brooklyn College has reinstated its duly elected student leaders, it is appalling that the administration was so fearful of true academic freedom that it took such extreme […]

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  • School Officials Disband Student Government

    November 19, 2004

    Brooklyn College’s administration has disbanded the school’s student government for violating election procedures. An organization critical of the unusual move described it as a way to target students who had complained that some faculty members were abusing academic freedom.   The administration at the school, a senior college of the City University of New York, dissolved the student assembly this month, accusing its leaders of inappropriately electing officers at a meeting in September. The dean for student life, Milga Morales, notified student leaders that the assembly would not be allowed to continue operating until another election was held.   The […]

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  • FIRE Letter to Brooklyn College President Christoph Kimmich , November 15, 2004

    November 15, 2004

    November 15, 2004   President Christoph Kimmich Brooklyn College, City University of New York 2900 Bedford Avenue 2129 Boylan Hall Brooklyn, New York 11210   URGENT     Sent by U.S. Mail and Facsimile (718- 951-4872)     Dear President Kimmich:   As you can see from the list of our Directors and Board of Advisors, FIRE unites leaders in the fields of civil rights and civil liberties, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, due process, freedom of speech, and academic freedom on America’s college campuses. Our web page, www.thefire-dev.wp.eresources.ws, will […]

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