The preamble of our 2022-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) states, “The CSU shall support the pursuit of excellence and academic freedom in teaching, research, and learning through the free exchange of ideas among the faculty, students, and staff.”
CFA has a record of defending faculty members’ rights to enjoy academic freedom within the CSU, and one of standing with non-CSU faculty around the country, too, in defense of their rights to academic freedom. If you feel that your academic freedom is being infringed upon, curtailed, or violated, please immediately contact your faculty rights representative to discuss what you are experiencing.
The American Library Association has documented “a continued uptick in attempts to censor books, materials, and services across public, school, and academic libraries in the United States during the first eight months of 2023,” including in the state of California. As they note, most of the book bans target authors who are people of color and/or members of LGBTQIA+ communities.
Our affiliate, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) offers an FAQ on academic freedom that faculty members might find useful, here. CFA members are eligible for a free membership with AAUP.
CFA will continue to defend the rights of any faculty member to exercise their expertise and their academic freedom, in the classroom, among colleagues, and beyond. As we prepare to take a strike authorization vote, be assured that the union protects and defends our right to academic freedom, including the right to discuss an interruption in the course schedule due to a possible work stoppage, and issues of educational justice and labor rights as well, when appropriate.
Want to learn more? Become active with your local CFA chapter Faculty Rights team. Find your representative here.