academic freedom


Definition of academic freedom 

: freedom to teach or to learn without interference (as by government officials)

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Ultimately, the critics’ complaint is that the gift is a challenge to academic freedom. Daniele Struppa, WSJ, "‘UnKoch’ Attacks Academic Freedom," 20 May 2018 Northeastern defended the research on the basis of academic freedom, and said the research is not directly linked to issues of immigration and detention. J.d. Capelouto,, "Petition urges Northeastern to drop ICE as co-op employer," 10 July 2018 Though convalescing from oral surgery and bouts with mental illness at Tucker’s Sanatorium in Richmond, Nell Lewis did not let this attack on academic freedom pass silently. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 The high court ruled that Marquette University should immediately reinstate former political science professor John McAdams, finding that the college failed to give him the academic freedom he is guaranteed under his contract. Ruth Ravve, Fox News, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with fired conservative professor," 6 July 2018 The notion of a forced curriculum runs counter to ideals of academic freedom many students admire. New York Times, "Mao 101: Inside a Chinese Classroom Training the Communists of Tomorrow," 28 June 2018 Students are often portrayed by the media and politicians as stooges of their government, bent on curbing academic freedom. The Economist, "Surging numbers of Chinese people going abroad should be welcomed," 17 May 2018 Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has given Marquette University a bracing refresher on contracts and academic freedom. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Marquette’s Black Eye," 6 July 2018 Consistent with our unwavering commitment to academic freedom, the opinions of an individual professor do not reflect the views of the university or its leadership. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Northeastern distancing itself from professor who said women have right to ‘hate men’ because they’ve ‘done us wrong’," 19 June 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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