Endorsing the Joint Statement on Academic Freedom by California State University (CSU) Presidents Armstrong,
Hellenbrand, and Welty

AS-3061-12/FA (Rev)

ATTACHMENT TO AS-3061-12/FA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) reaffirm its strong
commitment to the principles of academic freedom as stated in many former resolutions i; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm further that “the campuses should be open forums for free
expression of ideas and diverse views in the framework of scholarly inquiry and professional ethics;”ii and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU express its strong support for campus presidents at Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo; CSU Northridge; and CSU Fresno for defending academic freedom and freedom of speech on CSU campuses; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU endorse the joint statementiii (attached) of campus presidents on
academic freedom; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the Chancellor and the CSU Board of Trustees to endorse the joint
statement of campus presidents on academic freedom; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, and CSU campus senate chairs.

RATIONALE: The recent verbal attacks on the faculty and administrators at CSU Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and CSU Fresno for inviting a prominent historianv to lecture on their respective campuses demonstrate the need for articulation and reaffirmation of the university’s commitment to uphold and preserve the principles of
academic freedom.

As ASCSU has stated before, “Personal political attacks on faculty have a chilling effect on freedom of teaching, inquiry and the advancement of knowledge. Such attacks undermine the campus learning and working environment and seriously damage the free
flow of research and discussion.”v

The joint statement by Presidents Armstrong, Hellenbrand, and Welty in defense of academic freedom and freedom of speech and expression is an example of a principled stand in preserving the main mission of the university. This statement merits recognition and endorsement by the academic community as an example of commendable leadership in defending our institutions of higher education against attacks on academic freedom.

Approved – May 3-4, 2012

i Reaffirmation of Academic Freedom (AS-2675-04/FA - November 11-12, 2004)
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2003-2004/2675.shtml
Endorsing the AAUP Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure ((AS-2661-04/FA - March 6-7, 2004)
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2003-2004/2661.shtml
Supporting Academic Freedom for CSU International Exchange and Study-Abroad Programs (AS-2788-06/FA - November
9, 2006)
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2006-2007/2788.shtml
Resolution on Private Donors’ Respect for Academic Freedom (AS-2936-10/FA (Rev)- January 21, 2010)
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2009-2010/documents/2936.pdf
Protecting Academic Freedom for California State University (CSU) Academic Programs, Including Area Studies (AS-2822-
07/FA (Rev) November 8-9, 2007)
http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2007-2008/documents/2822.pdf

ii “Academic Freedom and Free Speech Rights.” (AS-2649-04/FA - March 11-12, 2004)

iii http://www.fresnostatenews.com/wp-content/uploads/Pappe-joint-statement-final.pdf

iv http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/pappe/publications/_

v “Protecting Academic Freedom for California State University (CSU) Academic Programs, Including Area Studies.” (AS-
2822-07/FA -November 8-9, 2007) http://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/Resolutions/2007-2008/documents/2822.pdf

 



 
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