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American Association of University Professors investigating Canisius, Medaille

The AAUP says it will look into the cuts made to the college's programs as well as layoffs to faculty members this past summer in response to the pandemic.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Seven colleges, including two here in Western New York, are under investigation by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for their academic governance following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both Canisius College and Medaille College are under investigation by the AAUP. Other colleges under investigation include Illinois Wesleyan University, Keuka College, Marian University, National University, and Wittenberg University.  

The AAUP says it will look into the cuts made to the college's programs as well as layoffs to faculty members this past summer in response to the pandemic.

An investigating committee will now be looking for violations of AAUP standards when making those cuts and will release a full report on its findings early next year.

"Since March, the AAUP has received numerous complaints from faculty members detailing unilateral actions taken by their governing boards and administrations to dictate how courses are taught, to suspend key institutional regulations, to reduce and close departments and majors, to compel faculty members to teach in person, and to lay off long-serving faculty members," says Gregory Scholtz, director of the AAUP's Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, in a statement.