We Fight Political Interference

We need concerted action to protect academic independence and the faculty voice now.

News Alert

AAUP Joins Brief to Supreme Court Opposing Travel Ban

The AAUP joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education groups in submitting an amicus brief on March 28, 2018, to the US Supreme Court opposing the Trump administration’s recent proclamation instituting a travel ban. The current iteration of the travel ban, introduced on September 24, 2017, places restrictions on entry to the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. The amicus brief argues that the new travel ban “jeopardizes the many contributions that foreign students, scholars, and researchers make to American colleges and universities, as well as our nation’s economy and general well-being.” The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on April 25, 2018, with a decision expected to be released in late June.

AAUP joined thirty-two other higher education organizations in filing the amicus brief. The brief explained that “amici share a strong interest in ensuring that people from around the world, including the eight countries identified in the challenged Presidential Proclamation, are not barred or deterred from entering the United States and contributing to American colleges and universities.” The amicus brief argues that “foreign students, faculty and researchers come to this country because our institutions are rightly perceived as the destinations of choice compared to all others around the globe.” The most recent proclamation, together with the first two travel ban executive orders, “altered those positive perceptions with the stroke of a pen.” Its “clarion message of exclusion” says that “America’s doors are no longer open to foreign students, scholars, lecturers, and researchers.”

To support the continued legal work of the AAUP, donate to the AAUP Foundation’s Legal Defense Fund.

Initiatives aimed at taking decision making power away from campus communities are direct attacks on academic freedom and the working conditions of faculty and academic staff as well as on the learning conditions for students. Moreover, they are also an attack on the university as a public good that exists for the benefit of all citizens of the state. Learn what you can do to ensure power remains in the campus.

The AAUP believes that academic administration should be in the hands of academics. Our policies specify areas of primary responsibility for governing boards, administrations, and faculties.

Sign on to get a packet of information to aid the fight against political interference. The packet includes a statement on political litmus tests, FAQs about your rights pertaining to searches of your electronic devices at the border, a statement on professors and political activity, and an AAUP report Ensuring Academic Freedom in Politically Controversial Academic Personnel Decisions. Click here to sign on to get the packet. 

Want to know more?

Resources related to combating political interference in higher education