AAUP - Censured and Sanctioned Institutions in New York


From time to time, after an on-campus investigation and subsequent consideration, the American Association of University Professors censures particular institutional administrations or boards of trustees for "not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure endorsed by this Association, the Association of American Colleges, and over 100 other professional and educational organizations." These principles may be found in the 1940 Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure; they are reprinted yearly in the January-February issue of (national) Academe.

Likewise, Institutions can be sanctioned for infringement of governance standards after Association investigations revealed serious departures from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by this Association, as set forth in the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities and derivative governance documents. Institutions are placed on or removed from this sanction list by vote of the Association's annual meeting.


From time to time, the AAUP removes institutions from the censure or sanction list if past injustices have been rectified and if institutional arrangements have been sufficiently improved to warrant removal. Colleges and universities are glad to get off the censure list.

In the May-June issue of Academe each year, developments (if any) which might lead to the removal of censure from each censured institution are briefly summarized. National AAUP urges each individual considering appointment at a censured institution to seek information on present conditions of academic freedom and tenure there before accepting an appointment. Consult the AAUP's national office, 1012 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 (800-424-2973), and prospective colleagues at the institution; then use your discretion.


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Two Institutions in New York state is now on censure by the AAUP because of unsatisfactory conditions of academic freedom on campus.

College of Saint Rose

In terminating the appointments of twenty-three tenured and tenure-track faculty members absent a declaration of financial exigency or a demonstrably bona fide formal program discontinuance for educational reasons, the board of trustees and administration of the College of Saint Rose violated basic tenets of the joint 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and derivative procedural standards set forth in Regulation 4 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. The “academic prioritization” process that led to the program cuts, moreover, was entirely inconsistent with relevant AAUP-recommended standards for program discontinuance set forth in Regula­tions 4d(1) through 4d(3) of the Recommended Institutional Regulations.

State University of New York 1978 [PDF]

Censure followed a report on the dismissal of more than one hundred faculty members in the state university system on grounds of retrenchment. The report concluded that the administration had acted without demonstrating the existence of a state of financial exigency mandating the termination of continuing appointments.

Over the years the staff has conveyed to successive chancellors of the State University of New York concerns over specific policies and procedures governing faculty appointments. Issues of redress also remain to be resolved.

No new developments over the past year can be reported.

Two Institutions in New York Sate are currently on sanction by the AAUP for infringement of governance standards after Association investigations revealed serious departures from generally accepted standards of college and university government endorsed by this Association, as set forth in the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities and derivative governance documents. 

Elmira College (NY) 1995

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 2011