Reminder that Your Emails Aren’t Private

The Daily Bruin carries a story today about a demand for a UCLA professors emails. Excerpt:Two state senators have accused UCLA of withholding the records of a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences from the public, the most recent development in a conflict that has lasted about three years.  The two California senators … Continue reading Reminder that Your Emails Aren’t Private

Let he who is without Zinn…

Daniels cast the first stone and now he is being castigated.From Inside Higher Ed today comes this story of activities at Purdue:This summer, the Associated Press revealed that Mitch Daniels, while governor of Indiana, tried to discourage the use of the books of the late Howard Zinn, a leftist historian, in the state. In a new effort to … Continue reading Let he who is without Zinn…

Smile. You are likely on cellphone camera in class

Mitt Romney was surprised during the 2012 election when someone made a video of his controversial 47% remarks at a supposedly private affair. Classrooms are even less private with cellphones abundant yet apparently some faculty are surprised to find themselves on YouTube or elsewhere when they say things they shouldn't.  You can raise questions of … Continue reading Smile. You are likely on cellphone camera in class

Various UC Campuses Cleared of Anti-Semitism Charges

Inside Higher Ed reported yesterday that UC campuses at Berkeley and Santa Cruz had been cleared of charges of allowing an anti-Semitic atmosphere due to anti-Israel student activities.  The campuses received letters from the US Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) clearing them on free speech grounds.  An article appeared later in the … Continue reading Various UC Campuses Cleared of Anti-Semitism Charges

Regents to Consider Modifying Code of Faculty Conduct to Protect Academic Freedom

In an earlier post, before the full Regents' agenda for July was posted, we noted there was an item involving a modification of the faculty code of conduct.  It appears that the main modification to be proposed is explicit protection for faculty to comment on institutional UC policies.  Specifically, there is proposed explicit recognition of … Continue reading Regents to Consider Modifying Code of Faculty Conduct to Protect Academic Freedom

One Suspects We Will Be Hearing More About This Issue

Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/20/12UCLA Faculty Leader Found to Have Wronged Professor to Appease Jewish GroupBy Peter SchmidtA faculty panel at the University of California at Los Angeles has admonished the chairman of the university's Academic Senate for violating the rights of an associate professor who had been accused by an outside advocacy group of … Continue reading One Suspects We Will Be Hearing More About This Issue