Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (AF&T) Minutes

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The Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee is responsible for all matters of policy related to academic freedom and faculty tenure, including the Regents' policy, "Faculty Tenure." The committee reports to the Faculty Senate and does not deal with individual disputes.

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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: February 23, 2024
    (University of Minnesota, 2024-02-23) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Discussion on Administrative Policy: Indigenous Research; Discussion on the Resolution on Unit Statements and Next Steps; Discussion on Post Tenure Review and Possible Recommendations
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: January 26, 2024
    (University of Minnesota, 2024-01-26) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Second Review of Administrative Policy; Discussion on Post-tenure Review and Early Review of Data Collected from 7.12 Statements; Discussion on Policy Regarding Departmental Statements
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: December 8, 2023
    (University of Minnesota, 2023-12-08) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Systematic Review of Departmental 7.12 Statements; Discussion: Background on Academic Freedom, Departmental Statements; Discussion: Possible Policy on Departmental Statements
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: September 22, 2023
    (University of Minnesota, 2023-09-22) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Update on the Progress in Reporting Information Requested by the AF&T in the Resolution Concerning Academic Freedom and Term Appointments at the University of Minnesota; University Senate Governance Orientation; Past and Future Work Regarding Long-term Appointments of Term/P&A Faculty; Past and Future Work Regarding Post-tenure Review; Committee Discussion: Other Topics of Concern
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: March 24, 2023
    (University of Minnesota, 2023-03-24) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Consultation - Administrative Policy: Student Travel and Education Abroad Health and Safety; Transparency in Hiring - Pilot Project; Discussion on Data Collection per the AF&T Resolution and In Regards to Questions About the Post-tenure Review Process
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: January 27, 2023
    (University of Minnesota, 2023-01-27) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Resolution to Quantify Instructor Grading Deadlines; Discussion: Provost’s Task Force on Faculty Behavior in Graduate Education; Discussion: Post Tenure Review
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: November 18, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-11-18) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Discussion with Provost Rachel Croson Regarding Two Newly Proposed Policies; Discussion: AF&T Resolution Concerning Academic Freedom and Term Appointments at the University of Minnesota; Discussion on Next Steps Regarding AF&T’s Response to the Draft Report from the President's Task Force on Faculty Misconduct
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: October 28, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-10-28) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Professional Development Modules on Disability Accommodations in the Learning Environment; President’s Task Force on Faculty Misconduct - Discussion of Revised Updates; Review and Discussion of the Recommendations from the Provost’s Task Force on Faculty Behavior in Graduate Advising; Discussion Within the Committee
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: September 23, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-09-23) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: University Senate Governance Orientation; Discussion of Ongoing AF&T Business; Possible New Topics for Discussion; Discussion on a Potential Policy on Academic Units Making Public Statements; Discussion on Potential Policy on Revocation of Emeritus Status and Discontinuation of Endowed Chair Positions for Policy Violations
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: April 22, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-04-22) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Welcome and Introductions; Faculty Misconduct Task Force Consultations; Graduate School Perspective on the Issue of Faculty and Advisor Misconduct; Taking Stock of Items Addressed by AF&T This Year
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: February 25, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-02-25) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Welcome and Introductions; Multi-section Courses, Uniformity Requirements and Academic Freedom; Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and Tenure-Track Appointments; Post-Tenure Reviews and the Performance Improvement Program
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: October 22, 2021
    (University of Minnesota, 2021-10-22) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Welcome and Introductions; Proposed Changes to the Senate Judicial Committee Process; Academic Freedom and Divisive Concepts Legislations; Term Appointments and Academic Freedom
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: May 27, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-05-27) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Welcome; Farewells and Introduction of Incoming AF&T Chair; Discussion of the Draft Resolution Concerning Term Faculty and Academic Freedom; University of Minnesota Libraries - Towards Open Access; Discussion of the Draft Statement Concerning Multi-section Courses
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: March 25, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-03-25) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Welcome and Introductions; Disabilities Accommodation, Academic Freedom, and Possibilities of Administrative Overreach; Proposed Changes to Administrative Policy; Consultation with the Provost’s Task Force on Faculty Behavior in Graduate Education
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: January 28, 2022
    (University of Minnesota, 2022-01-28) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Discussion: FAQ on Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Discriminatory Harassment; Discussion: Ensuring Academic Freedom for University of Minnesota Graduate Students; Discussion: Topics for Remaining 2022 Meetings
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: November 19, 2021
    (University of Minnesota, 2021-11-19) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    Welcome and Introductions; Potential Conflicts Between Academic Freedom and Faculty Training Regarding Sexual Midsconduct, Discrimination, and Retaliation; Academic Freedom Issues as They Impact Academic Librarians; Old Business - Approved AF&T Resolution on the December 2, 2021 Senate Meeting Docket
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: September 24, 2021
    (University of Minnesota, 2021-09-24) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: University Senate Governance Orientation; A Discussion of the Role of the Committee; A Discussion of Issues for the Committee this Academic Year; A Review of Recent Events Involving the Committee; Academic Freedom and the Classroom; Term Appointments and Academic Freedom
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: April 23, 2021
    (University of Minnesota, 2021-04-23) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    Welcome and Overview; Consultation: Discrimination Policy Draft; Perspective of the Global Programs Strategy Alliance on Travel Policy for Graduate Students; Equity and Diversity Issues in Evaluation
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: March 26, 2021
    (University of Minnesota, 2021-03-26) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    In these minutes: Fixed Term Faculty and Instructors Task Force Briefing; Policy Review: Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions; The Tenure Code, Academic Freedom, and Term Appointments; Resolution on Equity and Diversity Issues in Evaluation; New Business
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    Minutes: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: February 26, 2021
    (University of Minnesota, 2021-02-26) University of Minnesota: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure
    Vote to Approve the AF&T Statement on Teaching Evaluation and SRT Forms; Administrative Policy Review: Academic Appointments with Teaching Functions; Discussion of Topics Previously Considered by the AF&T; Discussion of Administrative Policy: Student Travel and Education Abroad: Health and Safety