University should not pressure faculty to alter their research

October 14, 2009

Unfortunately, the university often crosses the line when it coerces faculty members to conform to the university's "diversity" mission.

Last month, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, sent the university's Board of Visitors a 15-page letter with with 13 enclosures demonstrating that the university administration has, over the past few years, persistently increased pressure on faculty members to alter their research, teaching and personal development activities in order to show "diversity accomplishments." FIRE has no position on the university's diversity agenda, but strongly opposes the coercive means being used to accomplish it...

Schools: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Cases: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: “Diversity” Requirement for Faculty Assessment Violates Academic Freedom and Freedom of Conscience