Category Archives: Statements & Letters

Photo of Leila Khaled wearing a keffiyeh with fist raised in the air, logos of Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube in the background.

November 9, 2020 Dear President Hamilton, Thank you for the response to our letter of concern about Zoom censorship, and to those sent from various Departments, Schools, and the Contract Senators’ Council. It is important for AAUP members – at NYU and nationally — and for the faculty at large,…

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Below are several statements from allied organizations and departments regarding the recent censorship of the NYU AAUP event Against the Censorship and Criminalization of Academic Political Speech: AAUP Urges NYU President to Address Zoom Censorship (October 29, 2020) Letter from Palestine Legal, Center for Constitutional Rights, Climate Defense Project, Partnership…

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Today, Zoom unilaterally shut down a webinar hosted by the NYU chapter of the AAUP, and co-sponsored by several NYU departments and institutes. The webinar was scheduled to discuss the censorship, by Zoom and other big tech platforms, of an open classroom session last month at SFSU, featuring the Palestinian…

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[view as PDF] To: President Hamilton  We find it perplexing, if not disturbing, to see that the opinion of a single, non NYU individual, and a highly controversial one at that, is being used to cast  aspersions on the conduct of NYU faculty in this manner. To label our  correspondence…

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AAUP NYU has signed on to the NYU: Keep Our Campus Safe demands, alongside several labor unions, student organizations, community groups, and individuals. An abbreviated version is below — or view the full statement. To: Andrew Hamilton, President Katherine Fleming, Provost Bill Berkley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees We are…

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The NYU AAUP Chapter is deeply troubled by the recent announcement of NYU administrators that a decision to re-start NYU in Fall 2020 has been reached. We are concerned about the health and safety of all faculty, staff, and students. We see the administration’s decision as being driven primarily by…

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How should NYU play its role in a “just recovery” from the COVID crisis? How can we build on the experience of the crisis and from the opinions, grievances, and solidarity that circulated in NYU communities during this period? In thinking about how the university can sustain and rebuild itself,…

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The AAUP has a long record of advocating for student, as well as faculty, rights. These include the right to exercise academic freedom in the pursuit of teaching and research and the right to fair labor conditions in the work performed by graduate students for the university. In addition, as…

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The AAUP is not solely a faculty organization. It exists to protect the speech of all members of the academic community, and it must speak in defense of student voices, who are among the most vulnerable, and often the most subject to censure from university administrators. We have chosen to…

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The upcoming FAS Vote of No Confidence (to be held March 11-15 by e-ballot) is a stark, but healthy, indicator of the revival of faculty interest in substantive shared governance here at NYU. It confirms the central role that faculty should play in ensuring that our educational institution lives up…

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