A.4. 1940 Interpretations
At the conference of representatives of the American Association of University Professors and of the Association of American Colleges on November 7 and 8, 1940 the following interpretations of the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure were agreed upon:
- That this operation should not be retroactive.
- That all tenure claims of teachers appointed prior to the endorsement should be determined in accordance with the principles set forth in the 1925 Conference Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
- If the administration of a college or university feels that a teacher has not observed the admonitions of paragraph III of the section on Academic Freedom and believes that the extramural utterances of the teacher have been such as to raise grave doubts concerning the teacher’s fitness for his or her position, it may proceed to file charges under item D of the section on Academic Tenure. In pressing such charges the administration should remember that teachers are citizens and should be accorded the freedom of citizens. In such cases the administration must assume full responsibility, and the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges are free to make an investigation.
Approved May 9, 2009