AAUP Rethinks Its Guidelines on Faculty Layoffs

The American Association of University Professors is poised to overhaul its guidelines on faculty layoffs, by both taking a much broader view of the circumstances in which such job cuts are acceptable and requiring much more faculty involvement in decisions to eliminate academic programs and positions.

Current guidelines say colleges can eliminate the positions of tenured faculty members only in cases of "financial exigency." Proposed new guidelines would lower that bar but require