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University Speech Codes Must Go

AAUP Agrees to Work with ACTA
January 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Association of University Professors has accepted an invitation from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni to work together to fight campus speech codes.

At a conference on Friday, ACTA president Anne D. Neal publicly urged AAUP president Cary Nelson to consider the well-being of students and join forces with ACTA to rid universities of their restrictive speech codes. Nelson, whose organization has not traditionally collaborated with ACTA, accepted Neal’s invitation, later telling a reporter, “I want to knock out speech codes.”

“The AAUP has now gone on record saying it will work with us to abolish once and for all these pernicious codes,” Neal said. “I look forward to the AAUP’s help in this important fight.”

More than 70 percent of universities have policies that violate their students’ and faculty’s right to freedom of expression, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is an independent non-profit dedicated to academic freedom, academic quality, and accountability. Since its founding in 1995, ACTA has counseled boards, educated the public and published reports about such issues as donor intent, good governance, historical literacy, core curricula, the free exchange of ideas, and accreditation in higher education.


Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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