Johns Hopkins U. Plans Its First Policy on Academic Freedom

The Johns Hopkins University, long considered a standard-bearer of academic freedom, has decided it is time to formally spell out its standards on a professor’s right to speak.

In the wake of controversies over the past year that involved faculty speech, the university announced last month that it would convene a panel of students and faculty members to write the university’s first-ever formal statement of principles on academic freedom.

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