More Commentary on Academic Freedom Case

May 28, 2008

Bloggers are outraged about Juan Hong v. Stanley Grant, et al., 516 F. Supp. 2d 1158, a case currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuit. As I discussed in an earlier post, Hong held that universities are free to punish professors for the content of their speech. David Alm sums the problem up nicely:

[I]f academics are prevented from speaking freely for fear of losing their jobs or other professional opportunities, what will become of our colleges and universities? How can people educate others if they are in constant fear over what they can and cannot say?