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Since its founding in 1915, the AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

In support of that mission, the LSU AAUP chapter periodically publishes statements on issues of concern to LSU.

On the Spring 2009 reorganization plan

Read our June 3, 2009 statement on the proposed reorganization plan.

On the possibility of furloughs (March 2009)

Read our March 16, 2009 statement on the budget crisis and the possibility of furloughs.

On the AAUP chapter meeting with Mike Martin, candidate for Chancellor

Read our May 22, 2008 statement on the meeting prior to Chancellor Martin's hiring.

Against the so-called Academic Bill of Rights legislation

Read the chapter statement opposing the unwarranted and counterproductive legislation, HCR 25, introduced to the Louisiana House of Representatives on April 26, 2005.

Against the double standard in tenure

Read the December 20, 2004 chapter statement, authored by by Dominique G. Homberger, Biological Sciences and Vice President LSU Chapter of the AAUP, and A. Ravi P. Rau, Department of Physics and Astronomy on the double standard concerning administrative and faculty tenure.

Policy Statements on faculty hiring, evaluation, promotion, and tenure.

After many years of discussion, two new Policy Statements on faculty hiring, evaluation, promotion, and tenure became effective on August 17, 2009. They are PS-36-NT for non-tenure-track faculty and PS-36-T for tenured and tenure-track faculty. See also the annotated version of PS-36-T produced by Carruth McGehee, long-time Faculty Senator and member of the FS committee producing both PS.

Archive of documents relevant to the debates leading to those Policy Statements, as well as the debate regarding dismissal for cause contained in PM-35, Review of Faculty Ranks.

  • Click here to read PM-35, "Review of Faculty Ranks," May 23, 2000.

  • Click here to read PS-109, "Implementation of PM-35," August 17, 2009. PS-109 must be kept in mind while reading PS-36-T, which it "supplements."

  • Click here to read PS-104, "Dismissal for Cause," February 1, 2000.

  • The LSU Faculty Senate maintains an archive of documents reflecting see a fairly comprehensive history (2004-2007) of many revisions to the new PS-36 documents, as well as a comprehensive history of the Senate's efforts (1999-2006) to get the administration to retract or replace PM-35 and PS-109 (= the PS-36 Addendum).