Protect Academic Freedom
July 18, 2017

In an increasingly divisive political climate, now, more than ever, it is critical that universities protect and defend academic freedom.

That is why we, the California Faculty Association, along with the undersigned allies, are calling on the CSU Board of Trustees, campus administrations, and the National Association of System Heads to stand up for academic freedom by commiting to support faculty, presume innocence, and refrain from fanning flames of right-wing or racist factions who make threats and act on violent impulses.

As employers, university systems have an obligation to protect their employees from attacks. Faculty and staff should not fear their workplace or retribution for expressing opinions. They should not be subjected to physical, verbal, and mental abuse at the hands of those who bear different political ideologies, nor should they have to worry about being vilified, recorded without consent, and threatened online or in the community.

We value higher education and the lessons and challenges to conventional thought it encompasses, and urge you to develop policies and systems that better preserve academic freedom and the value it adds to our universities throughout the country and the students we serve.

We are committed to providing the best education possible, and will always defend the faculty and staff who are dedicated to educating generations of students. Now is the time for you to do the same. Will you commit to standing up for academic freedom?

In Solidarity,

The California Faculty Association

CFA Officers:
Jennifer Eagan, President
Charles Toombs, Vice President
Kevin Wehr, Secretary
Susan Green, Treasurer
Cecil Canton, Associate VP Affirmative Action
Leslie Bryan, Associate VP Lecturers South
Jonathan Karpf, Associate VP Lecturers North
Molly Talcott, Associate VP South
Rafael Gomez, Associate VP North

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