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ACTA Urges UPenn to Improve Free Speech Track Record

February 20, 2019 by ACTA

Yesterday, ACTA  sent a letter to all members of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania imploring them to revisit the University’s implementation of its own academic freedom policies at their upcoming board meeting. 

Despite the University of Pennsylvania’s “Guidelines on Open Expression,” in which Penn declares a strong commitment to academic freedom, Amy Wax, a distinguished professor of law, was banned from teaching key, required law courses last year for exercising speech that was contrary to dominant views. 

ACTA hopes that the board will revisit this incident and draft a plan for protecting free speech going forward. Academic freedom is a pillar of the academy, and essential for social and scientific progress. It is of the utmost importance that institutions of the University of Pennsylvania’s stature and reputation set an example for others to follow.

To see the full letter, click HERE.


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