No free speech for SUNY profs?

August 1, 2006

SUNY-Fredonia recently denied a promotion to professor Stephen Kershnar explicitly because of his out-of-classroom speech - a violation of his basic free-speech rights.

Famous professors like Paul Krugman and Noam Chomsky regularly make public comments on controversial issues, but those who lack the protection of fame or tenure can risk their careers by saying something that administrators do not like. In Kershnar's case, he publicly criticized a policy that said students could be in violation of rules "if they fail to remove themselves from situations and/or report the incident to the proper authorities," observing that this would "turn the student population into a group of snitches...

Schools: State University of New York – Fredonia Cases: State University of New York at Fredonia: Professor Punished for Public Expression