Professors walk tight rope when posting to web

A dean at Yale University gets put on leave for racially-charged Yelp reviews. A University of Delaware professor won’t be returning this fall because of a controversial post to social media.

Increasingly, educators are coming under fire across the nation for online posts outside of the lecture hall which — to them — may have been intended for a private audience.

Although professors tend to have more protection when it comes to speech, it doesn’t stop them from being scrutinized — or even fired, says Hans-Joerg Tiede.

Tiede is the associate secretary of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance of the American Association of University Professors. The organization is an advocate for professors and helps write faculty handbooks.

“What is happening right now is really a tragedy,” Tiede said.


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