AAUP sanctions New College of Florida after politically motivated “egregious and extensive violations”

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New College of Florida in Sarasota. By Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Apr. 2023).

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A major American academic association made up of faculty and other professionals has voted to sanction New College of Florida in Sarasota.

A news release Monday morning from the American Association of University Professors says that on Saturday “the AAUP’s Governing Council voted to add New College of Florida and another college to its “list of institutions sanctioned for substantial noncompliance with widely accepted standards of academic government.”

“You do an injustice to these students when you limit faculty, their governance rights, and academic freedom rights.” – Anita Levy, Senior Program Officer for the AAUP

In January 2023 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed a slate of conservative trustees to New College.

In the thirteen months since then, the college has undergone a radical transformation.

The AAUP describes it as “an aggressively ideological agenda, marked by a complete departure from shared governance.”

“Taken together, there were just a series of egregious violations of our standards.” – Anita Levy, Senior Program Officer for the AAUP

An AAUP report on New College concludes that the takeover at the college “stands as one of the most egregious and extensive violations of AAUP principles and standards at a single institution in recent memory.”

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