Newsletter | October 2017

Wake Forest University AAUP

Meeting: Thursday, November 2, 2017 4:00-5:00.
Room: Tribble A108

Upcoming meetings: Same place, NEW TIME, the first THURSDAY of the month, 4:00-5:00.


  1. Special Election: The officers accepted resignations from Gale Sigal, to become chair of CAFR, and Kathy Smith, and according to the bylaws, appointed Stephen Boyd (President), Jane Albrecht (Vice President) and Doug Beets (Secretary). This slate of officers was approved for two-year appointments by the national AAUP members. Lucas Johnston remains as Treasurer.
  2. Approval of minutes of last meeting.
  3. Discussion of the proposed changes to the student code of conduct and AAUP’s statements on free speech.


Talk by Nancy MacLean, the William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, “The Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy,” November 9, 2017, 5:30-6:30, Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center.

Food for thought…

What is the AAUP Redbook?
The AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports (widely known as the “Redbook” because of the color of its cover) presents in convenient format a wide range of policies. The current edition (2014), the eleventh, includes basic statements on academic freedom, tenure, and due process; academic governance; professional ethics; research and teaching; online and distance education; intellectual property; discrimination; collective bargaining; accreditation; and students’ rights and freedoms. Among the eighteen new reports included in this edition are statements on academic freedom and outside speakers, campus sexual assault, the inclusion of faculty on contingent appointments in academic governance, and salary-setting practices that unfairly disadvantage women faculty. An introductory essay discusses how to incorporate AAUP principles into faculty handbooks. (Reprinted from

What is a Faculty Handbook?
Courts are often asked to decide whether a faculty handbook—which can include policies, rules, and procedures under which professors work—also establishes a contractual relationship between a professor and an institution. The issue usually arises in the context of a breach-of-contract claim, and the question is whether the faculty handbook is part of the employment contract between the professor and the institution. Contract claims are primarily based on state law and the law affecting the claims varies greatly from state to state. A majority of states have held that contractual terms can at times be implied from communications such as oral assurances, pre-employment statements, or handbooks. Of these, faculty handbooks are the most common source of implied contract terms. (Reprinted from

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