The case for academic freedom: Student opinions, faculty standards

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Abstract: On March 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decided Pompeo v. Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico, ruling in favor of a university that had been accused of discriminating against a student because of her political views. The court's decision affirmed faculty academic freedom and offered guidance to professors navigating challenging waters of controversial political issue discussions and course content at public institutions. It is also relevant to private institutions, where academic freedom is usually a normative value and contractual right. While the case may yet be appealed, the opinion seems intentionally written to withstand judicial review. I believe this will be a widely cited and respected ruling.

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