College of DuPage Board tables policy changes that stirred academic-freedom debate

By March 20, 2009

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees last night postponed a vote on several policy changes that had come under intense criticism from its faculty and organizations concerned with faculty rights and academic freedom.

The intense controversy surrounding the board’s efforts at a broad overhaul of the college’s policies appears far from settled, however.

Kory Atkinson, a board member who has played a central role in the policy overhaul, said today that the board acted "out of an abundance of caution" last night in postponing action on several especially controversial provisions until the college’s lawyer could review them. Dismissing many criticisms of the policies as having "no basis in fact," he expressed optimism that the board would approve them when it meets again, on April 16.

 

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