Texas A&M University – San Antonio

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Website: http://www.tamusa.tamus.edu/
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Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

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  • Texas A&M University-San Antonio: Professor Dismissed After Publication of Critical Article

    June 1, 2012

    On May 16, 2012, hours after an article was printed in which adjunct lecturer Sissy Bradford criticized the university, Bradford was notified by interim School of Arts and Sciences William S. Bush that she was not being offered any courses to teach in for the fall 2012 semester. In February 2012, however, Bradford had been assigned four course sections, and documents including an April 2012 email from Bush confirm that the university had intended that she teach the courses. Bradford had previously criticized the placing of a cross on a tower at the campus entrance, and had expressed concerns about […]

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  • Tower Crosses Are Gone, but Campus Clash Lives On

    June 3, 2012

    Last fall, Sissy Bradford, an adjunct instructor who taught criminology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, questioned why crosses were being placed near the public university’s entrance. Last month, she was informed that the university would not offer her any courses to teach in the fall semester. Bradford insists there is a connection, but university officials deny any link. Though critics in online message boards have accused Bradford, who is Jewish, of being intolerant of Christianity, she said that is not the case. “I think I’m the only instructor these students ever had who required them to know passages from the Bible,” […]

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  • AAUP and FIRE Question Treatment of Adjunct

    June 1, 2012

    The American Association of University Professors and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education both on Thursday expressed concerns about the way Texas A&M University at San Antonio notified Sissy Bradford, an adjunct with excellent teaching evaluations who had been told earlier she would have four courses for the fall, that she would have no courses. The university told Bradford of this development the day that a local newspaper noted her complaints about how the university responded to threats she received after her objections played a role in the removal of crosses from a tower being built at the entrance to campus. […]

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  • Texas Students, FIRE’s Joe Cohn is Coming to a Campus Near You

    October 6, 2014

    Yeehaw! Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, will be traveling across the Lone Star State for a rootin’ tootin’ Texan campus tour. Students and faculty at or near the University of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University at San Marcos, and Texas A&M are invited to attend Joe’s presentation and learn about their rights to freedom of speech and due process on campus. University of Houston When: Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. Where: Moody Towers Lobby   University of Texas at San Antonio When: Tuesday, October 7,  6:00 p.m. Where: […]

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  • Texas A&M Student Body President Vetoes Opt-Out Bill for Funding Student Organizations

    April 11, 2013

    AggieLand Water Tower – Wikimedia Commons On April 3, the Texas A&M University Student Senate approved a measure that would allow students to choose not to fund specific student groups. Specifically, the bill allowed “students who object, for religious and moral purposes, to the use of their student fees and tuition to fund various services to opt out of paying an amount equal to their share of the service funding from their fee and tuition money.” The bill was originally titled the “GLBT Funding Opt-Out Bill” because its initial version only provided a choice not to fund the school’s GLBT Resource Center. That language […]

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  • Funding Victory For Religious and Political Student Groups at Texas A&M

    November 21, 2012

    We’re pleased to note an important victory for the free speech rights and freedom of association of religious and political student organizations at Texas A&M University. Thanks to a settlement (PDF) reached with Texas A&M, a lawsuit brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of the Texas Aggie Conservatives has ensured that religious and political groups at the public institution will enjoy the same access to student fee funding as other student groups. ADF filed the lawsuit in federal court in June after Texas A&M denied the Texas Aggie Conservatives’ request for funding to bring a speaker to […]

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  • Lecturer’s Termination at Texas A&M – San Antonio: Who Knew What, and When?

    October 4, 2012

    Over the summer, FIRE weighed in on the case of Sissy Bradford, an instructor who had taught in the sociology and criminology departments at Texas A&M University–San Antonio (TAMU–SA) before being abruptly notified in May that she was no longer assigned the fall slate of classes she had been scheduled to teach.  Bradford’s termination attracted considerable press, and for good reason: The timing of the decision was highly suspect. Bradford was notified of her termination within hours of the publication of an article in The Current, a San Antonio weekly paper, in which Bradford criticized the university’s handling of earlier […]

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  • Silencing Political Debate: Election Season Arrives at Texas A&M

    July 16, 2012

    With election season heating up just as fast as the summer weather, it seems that the urge to shut down political speech on campus has once again reared its ugly head. The most recent case in a long line of election-related controversies over the years is taking place at Texas A&M University, where student organizations have lost access to advertising space on Texas A&M computers following protests over an ad placed by the Texas Aggie Conservatives (TAC). Until recently, student organizations on the Texas A&M campus were able to place ads to run on screensavers on university-operated computers in campus […]

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  • Texas A&M At It Again

    June 22, 2012

    Texas A&M University (TAMU) cannot seem to keep itself out of the spotlight, and once again it’s for all the wrong reasons. As Torch readers will surely recall, two weeks ago FIRE wrote a letter to Texas A&M University–San Antonio (a branch campus) after it dismissed an adjunct professor mere hours after her criticism of the university was published in a local newspaper. Now it appears the university is violating the First Amendment rights of its students. On June 19, 2012, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit against TAMU and several of its administrators on behalf of the […]

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  • Texas A&M-San Antonio Claims Prof’s Dismissal a “Coincidence

    June 15, 2012

    As I wrote recently, FIRE has been monitoring the case of Sissy Bradford, a lecturer in criminology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMU-SA) who was suspiciously relieved of her next semester’s teaching duties. Why is it suspicious? Well, because Bradford was let go within hours of the publication of an article that aired her criticisms of the university for its response to her worries for her safety. As I wrote—and as the documentation clearly illustrates—the timeline of events, coupled with Bradford’s clear expectations of teaching a full load of courses in the coming fall semester, made TAMU-SA’s actions look questionable […]

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  • Hours After Publication of Critical Article, Texas A&M San Antonio Dismisses Professor

    May 31, 2012

    The story of the dismissal of Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMU-SA) lecturer Sissy Bradford has garnered much attention—and for good reason. Within hours of the publication of an article in which Bradford criticized the university’s handling of threats against her, Bradford was informed that she would not be teaching at the university for the coming fall semester. Is this revenge for speaking out? You be the judge, but it sure looks like it. Since 2010, Bradford has lectured in TAMU-SA’s sociology and criminology departments, teaching three or four course sections per semester. Last fall, she became a target of criticism […]

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