University of Florida’s Politically Motivated Violation of Academic Freedom Undermines the Common Good

November 04, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

AAUP National

November 1, 2021

Statement from AAUP President Irene Mulvey on University of Florida's Blatant Violation of Academic Freedom.

The AAUP condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision by the University of Florida to deny permission to three University of Florida (UF) faculty members to provide expert testimony in a major voting rights case challenging Florida Senate Bill 90.

UF’s infringement of the academic freedom rights of professors Sharon Austin, Dan Smith, and Michael McDonald sets a dangerous precedent by allowing partisan politics to impinge upon the right and duty of faculty to share expertise for the public good. Faculty members are routinely called upon to provide expert testimony on matters of all kinds. In fact, all three of the UF faculty members who were denied permission to assist the plaintiffs have provided expert testimony in lawsuits in the past. This makes last week’s rulings by the university all the more dubious.

Read the full statement at AAUP National

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