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.