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ERIC Number: ED242237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Keeping the Devil Away from Miss Jones: Censorship in Academia, 1976-1980.
Woods, L. B.; And Others
Information on censorship in academia in the United States is presented, based on censorship cases reported in the "Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom" from 1976 to 1981. Cases occurring in academia accounted for 63 of the more than 800 cases reported. The states and institutions in which the censorship attacks occurred are identified, along with type of staff/individuals or organizations that initiated the attacks. The largest number of attacks were recorded for 1976. Although attacks were widespread throughout the country, the majority came from the more heavily populated states. Administrators led as the chief proponents of censorship. Obscenity and pornography, the most common reasons for censorship, formed the basis for most attacks at the college level. Other reasons for attack varied from violating journalistic ethics to not meeting university standards. The majority of attacks were directed at large universities. Student newspapers and films were most often subject to attacks. In higher education, more attacks were successful than unsuccessful. Success was defined as the objectionable materials being banned, removed, or cancelled. Comparisons to a 1966-1975 study are also made. It is recommended that educators must take more responsibility for protecting the tenets of academic freedom. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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