ERIC Number: EJ794152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-25
Reference Count: N/A
Case in Point: Stronach v. Virginia State U. (2008): Does Academic Freedom Give a Professor the Final Say on Grades?
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n33 pA39 Apr 2008
Virginia State University Carey E. Stronach assigned an undergraduate a final grade of D after the student had failed three classroom quizzes. The student, who claimed to have received A's on two of the quizzes, submitted fax copies of his score sheets to Stronach, who concluded that the student had doctored his scores. The student appealed to the chairman of the physics department, who sided with the student and changed his final grade to an A. Stronach then sued the department chairman and other university officials on the grounds that they had violated his constitutionally protected right to academic freedom by changing the grade he had given. In this article, the author discusses the implications of this case's decision for higher education. The author also discusses how the court's decision on the Stronach case marks a confusion over the most fundamental questions in academic-freedom litigation: Is academic freedom a right enjoyed by faculty members or by the institutions that employ them?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia