We Fight the Targeted Harassment of Faculty

Placed on watchlists. Harassed on social media. Threatened. This is becoming normal in an environment increasingly hostile to faculty.

Colleges and universities today are operating in a hostile environment. Faculty, along with others working in fields characterized by critical thinking and the dissemination of knowledge–such as scientists and journalists–are under attack. Since the 2016 elections, we’ve seen an increase in targeted harassment of faculty online and on campus, in response to remarks they have made, or are alleged to have made, in public speeches, on social media, or in the classroom.  These attacks are fueled by ultra right-wing websites that the Chronicle of Higher Education has called “higher education’s internet outrage machine.”

We believe that faculty play an important role in a free society and work to protect your right to speak out without fear.

Join the Fight Against Targeted Harassment

In addition to harming individuals, these campaigns of harassment pose a profound and ominous challenge to higher education’s most fundamental values. The right of faculty members to speak or write as citizens, free from institutional censorship or discipline, has long been recognized as a core principle of academic freedom. We stand together against harassment. Add your name to our fight against targeted harassment of faculty.

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Reports, FAQs, and articles about targeted harassment.

The right of faculty members to speak or write as citizens, free from institutional censorship or discipline, has long been recognized as a core principle of academic freedom. While colleges and universities must make efforts to provide learning environments that are welcoming, diverse, and safe for all members of the university community and their guests, these efforts cannot and need not come at the expense of the right to free expression of all on campus and the academic freedom of the faculty.
From a joint statement by American Association of University Professors, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Read more.
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