December 10, 2015
The BGSU Administration and the BGSU Faculty Association are aware that several faculty members have been mentioned in communications by external groups regarding recent Ohio legislative measures. In addition, we are also aware of allegations that several faculty may have violated University policy regarding use of the BGSU email system. We address each of these items in turn below.
First, the University and the BGSU-FA affirm the rights of BGSU faculty as private citizens to express personal viewpoints. Our faculty members – and students and staff – are afforded the same First Amendment right as every citizen, including those from outside the University who have expressed very different opinions. In addition, as educational professionals, faculty have a right to openly express views on all relevant issues, especially those that raise legitimate concerns about any potential impact on the University’s learning environment.
Second, this is also an…
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