academic freedom

President Gottfredson’s efforts to squash academic freedom in CBA get national attention:

UO Foundation threatens defamation lawsuit against UO Matters:

UO General Counsel Randy Geller:

2 Responses to academic freedom

  1. David Demers says:

    I was the plaintiff in a federal free-speech lawsuit against Washington State University in which the Ninth Circuit held that my service-related speech about improving the quality of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication was protected by the First Amendment (Demers v. Austin). Faculty at Oregon used the case to help justify the new academic freedom policy. At any rate, a former WSU attorney, Sharyl Kammerzell, recently interviewed for the top legal position at Oregon, and someone on your website said she should be asked about her role in Demers v. Austin. Would anyone know if she was ever asked that question or any other information that would shed light on why WSU tried so hard to deny free speech rights to faculty when it comes to issues of shared governance? I am writing a book which includes a discussion of the lawsuit (the focus of the book is broader). You can email me directly at or call 509-290-9240. You may remain autonomous. Thanks. -Dave Demers

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