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ERIC Number: ED461134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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It's Still Alright To Complain (At Least for the Moment): Vincennes University and the Angry Professors.
Sandmann, Warren
Never enjoying the strong protection afforded to other First Amendment-related speech, academic freedom has been buffeted by a series of seemingly conflicting legal decisions. This paper explores the case that focuses on an allegation that faculty members of Vincennes University, a two-year school in Indiana, were discriminated against because of their expression. Specifically, three faculty members at Vincennes filed suit against the university (Powers v. Summers) claiming they were denied merit raises because they had complained about how Vincennes treated its faculty. While there are numerous legal issues relevant to this case, those having to do with academic freedom and freedom of expression are the focus of the paper. The paper briefly discusses the relevant facts of the case, analyzes the ruling of the court as it affects academic freedom and freedom of expression, contrasts and compares this case with some other cases, and discusses the implications that this case and other cases may have on academic freedom and freedom of expression. This brief analysis of Powers v. Summers suggests that there appears to be decreasing support, both legally and rhetorically, for academic freedom. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment