What happens to faculty who speak out about administrative misconduct on their campuses and face retaliation? FIRE sat down with professors who say it happened to them.
Professor Phillip Beverly sued Chicago State University after he says the school engaged in a far-reaching censorship campaign to silence his blog criticizing university leadership. Dr. James Enstrom, formerly a researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, says the school cut his funding — and ultimately his job — for research that contradicted regulations adopted by the powerful California Air Resources Board. UCLA also reached a $10 million settlement with Dr. Robert Pedowitz, the former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department, who claimed the school retaliated against him after he raised concerns about financial conflicts of interest that may have put patients at risk.
Hear from the whistleblowers themselves about the need for free speech and academic freedom.