City University of New York: Administrative Attempts to Suppress Faculty Speech

Category: Free Speech

On October 2, 2001 in order to provide a forum for discussion on the terrorist attacks, professors at the City University of New York (CUNY) held a faculty “teach-in,” in which several professors criticized America and its foreign policy. On October 23, the trustees of CUNY voted to condemn the “teach-in” as seditious. CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein issued a public statement condemning the professors who expressed such views. Having approved the hiring and promotion of the very faculty who spoke, the trustees and administration now would prefer that they not express their actual and well-known views.



  • Statement by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein

    October 3, 2001

    October 3, 2001 The tragic events of September 11th have profoundly affected and altered the lives of countless New Yorkers, in ways that we are still struggling to grasp. The entire University community joins with our fellow Americans throughout the City, State, and the Nation, and friends of America around the world, in mourning the lives of those who perished. I have no sympathy for the voices of those who seek to justify or make lame excuses for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with arguments based on ideological or historical circumstances. There are no excuses […]

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