academic freedom

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Started 6 days ago

Petition to James L. Gallogly

Help Protect Fracking Research at the University of Oklahoma

On October 11th 2017 Austin Holland, former lead seismologist of the University of Oklahoma, testified that he “was reprimanded for publishing a peer-reviewed journal article connecting [earthquakes with fracking wastewater disposal] and was pressured to alter his findings by Larry Grillot, former dean of OU’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, and Randy Keller, the former director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey,” and that he felt similar pressure during a private meeting with President Boren and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm, who had donated $20 million dollars to the University in 2011 (see citation). Holland would later leave his position at the University due to this censorship. The undersigned, given the above facts and the appointment of former oil executive James L. Gallogly to the office of the President of the University, are concerned about the health and integrity of the University of Oklahoma as a research institution. We believe that the pursuit of profit by the oil industry should not dictate what research occurs at the University of Oklahoma. Gallogly claims that he wants the University of Oklahoma to pursue excellence, including excellence in research. We call on President James L. Gallogly to reaffirm his commitment to this claim by publicly guaranteeing the right of OU faculty, graduate students, and students to research the environmental impacts of fracking without respect to the interests of the oil industry. Further, we demand that funding for research at the University is determined based solely on the academic merit of research proposals, rather than their potential impact on the profits of the oil industry. We ask for a response within twenty-one (21) days from the submission of this petition. Burke, Mack. "Former State Seismologist Testifies Officials Coerced Him to Alter Research on Induced Quakes." Norman Transcript. November 16, 2017. Accessed July 31, 2018.  

22 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Dominic Randolph

Protect academic freedom at RCS

*N.B. Please sign this petition if you consider yourself a member of the RCS community (e.g., student, alum, parent, faculty)! If you are not involved with Riverdale, we thank you for your support, but this petition is not for you!   Dear Mr. Randolph, We, the undersigned members of the Riverdale Country School community, write to express our outrage and disappointment regarding the administration’s recent cancellation of Joel Doerfler’s seminar and to demonstrate our support for Mr. Doerfler, a beloved teacher who has inspired Riverdale students for 26 years. We affirm the urgent necessity of teaching “controversial” current events, as well as our indignation over attempts to censor teachers. In a July 2nd email, you wrote that Riverdale would “formulate more specific guidelines to foster constructive and respectful debate around controversial subjects and how we manage the teaching of facts versus interpretations.” We are deeply concerned about the implications of such guidelines for students’ intellectual growth, teachers’ academic freedom, and the school's professed commitment to “thinking creatively, critically, [and] flexibly.” In light of the circumstances, we make the following demands:1)  Continue to offer a comparable biennial course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for as long as a faculty member chooses to teach it.2)  Guarantee RCS teachers the right to teach and to design their curriculum freely and with no new restrictions or guidelines3)  Actively curtail any future efforts on behalf of parents to censor teachers’ course offerings.

Concerned Alums
152 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Cambridge University Press, Reed-Elsevier Group, Springer Publishing Company, John Wiley & Sons Publishing company, Taylor & Francis Group, SAGE Publications Publishing company, Oxford University Press, Thomson Reuters, Walter de Gruyter Company, McGraw Hill Education, Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan Publishing company, Brill publishers, University of Hawaii Press, University of Chicago Press, Cornell University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Yale University Press, Indiana University Press, Columbia University Press, Duke University Press, Harvard University Press, SUNY press, Australian National University Press, University of Washington Press, University of Michigan Press, Amsterdam University Press, University of Illinois Press, Melbourne University Publishing, Monash University Publishing, Sydney University Press, University of Adelaide Press, University of New South Wales Press, University of Queensland Press, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), Presses Universitaires de Rennes (PUR), European University Press, EBSCO Publishing, JSTOR , ScienceDirect , Web of Science, Association of American University Presses, Association of University Presses

Peer Review Boycott of Academic Publications that Censor Content in China

In recent weeks, the prestigious academic publishing house Cambridge University Press came under unprecedented pressure from the Chinese government to restrict access in China to hundreds of articles and book reviews and thousands of e-books in two of its flagship Chinese and Asian studies journals, China Quarterly and The Journal of Asian Studies. While Cambridge University Press initially agreed to censor articles in China Quarterly, it reversed that decision after outcry from the international academic community. Meanwhile, in the wake of the Chinese government's increasing efforts to tighten controls on academic institutions, other international academic publishers have admitted to quietly censoring their content in order to gain access to Chinese markets, and at least one database company, LexisNexis, pulled two of its products from China after pressure from authorities. As members of the international academic community, we confirm the fundamental value of academic freedom, which should override – in every instance – consideration of governments' demands or market access. We also confirm the right of our colleagues who are citizens of China to unfettered access to international scholarship in all fields. Academic publications are sustained through the social contract they enter into with their authors as well as with the larger academic community. That academic community provides the free peer review service and unpaid contributions of authors that uphold the integrity of publications' brands. As such, academic publications should honor their commitment to broadly disseminate the knowledge they produce without acceding to governments' demands. While we acknowledge that it can be difficult to discern which publications or their holding companies are censoring in China, we call for a peer review boycott of any non-PRC-based academic publication known to be censoring its content in the People's Republic of China. From now on, we will not agree to provide peer review service until editors confirm that their publications do not censor content in the PRC, and we call on all others to do so as well. With a large number of signatories, we can send a strong message to major academic publishers and/or their holding companies. This petition will be sent to the five major publishing companies that control over half of international peer-reviewed academic work (Reed-Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and Sage); to all the major university presses in Asian studies in the U.S., Europe and Australia; as well as to the major academic databases (like LexisNexis and Web of Science) NOTE: To display your name on the website for maximum impact, when you sign, please leave the box checked for 'Display my name and comment on this petition,' and type in your academic affiliation, along with any comments you have, in the box for 'Reason for signing'. Your name will be included in the final downloaded list, but only if you add a comment to 'Reason for signing' will your name be displayed on the web page.

Charlene Makley
1,202 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Essex County College Board of Trustees, Rev. Guyton, Jeweline Grimes, Anthony Munroe, Jeff Lee, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., I Cruz, J Maceri, J L Wright, A C Lewis, C Morales, J Zarra


#ReinstateProfessorLisaDurden to her position as adjunct professor at Essex County College IMMEDIATELY! ABOUT THE CASELisa Durden, producer, filmmaker, media commentator and professor, appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson on June 6th. Carlson insulted her repeatedly (“demented, separatist, Nazi”) for defending the Black Lives Matter movement’s right to have Black only safe space event for Memorial Day. Professor Durden succinctly and cogently defended her principled position and exposed Tucker’s white male fragility for what it was -- a childish tantrum. Less than 48 hours later, Professor Lisa Durden was summarily suspended by Essex County College (ECC), where she teaches media and effective speech.  Without union representation at the meeting, ECC administrators told her that she was suspended because of her appearance on Fox News. She was told to leave the building and not return. Instead of defending Professor Durden’s right to free speech and congratulating her on standing up to racism and sexism, the administration at the Predominantly Black Institution chose to effectively fire this accomplished media professional and educator. Professor Lisa Durden is a lifelong Newark, NJ resident who has given her time and expertise generously to the youth of the city. She has provided highly competitive internships in New York media for Essex County College students for a decade. She was recently honored by the City of Newark for her outstanding work in media with women and young people. Professor Durden has braved racist death threats from the alt right movement to speak truth to power on national television. Why is Essex County College firing a beloved professor for exercising her First Amendment right? In Trump’s America are Black Women professors not allowed the right to free speech? We demand that Professor Lisa Durden be reinstated to her position and given her full course load (12 credits per semester teaching Mass Communications and Effective Speech classes) that she was assigned for the full 2017/2018 academic year. We demand equality for adjunct, contingent and junior faculty in pay and treatment. Nationwide, higher education administrations have created an apartheid system, paying themselves grandiose salaries of $200,000+ while junior, contingent and adjunct faculty are paid peanuts. Adjunct faculty are often forced to sleep in their cars and go on food stamps because they cannot survive the poverty wages and insecure, short term, “at will” employment that colleges force on them. Administrators pit adjunct and full time faculty against each other and use their disgusting treatment of adjunct labor to scare full time faculty into submission. This diminishes the quality of education for students, even as their tuition skyrockets. We demand full equality in pay and treatment among adjunct, contract and full-time, tenured faculty!

Educators & Students United to Reinstate Professor Lisa Durden
2,617 supporters