8/21/2005

Academic Freedom, Due Process, and Sami al-Arian at USF

An Overview of the Entire Controversy
Before Sept. 11
The Year 2001 - 2002
The Year 2002 - 2003
Recent News

While UFF was directly involved in Al-Arian's confrontation with the Board of Trustees, UFF maintained this collection of pages so that members of the union, and members of the public, could follow the course of events. However, maintenance of this site required substantial resources. In Spring, 2003, the USF Administration unlawfully --- in violation of the contract --- stripped UFF of one of the necessary resources for the site. This resource, a set of course releases for faculty in labor-intensive UFF positions, was also necessary for the operation of the union itself, and this act was one of several directed towards busting the union. Out of a need to prioritize tasks, and as this site became a lower priority as of March 28, 2003 (the legal deadline for Al-Arian using the contract to appeal his dismissal), this site was no longer maintained at the same level as of that date.

UFF is keeping these pages on-line, and making occasional updates, for scholars, students, journalists, and visitors interested in the history of the case. These pages served two purposes.

* Here we posted documents generated by the UFF or its friends, to be available to all visitors.
* Here we posted a number of links so that visitors wishing to examine the controversy and form their own conclusions have access to (or at least references to) many of the primary (and other) sources.

The webmaster cannot resist noticing that this controversy has revealed an enormous indifference to the distinction between primary, secondary, tertiary, and, for all we know, tabloid sources.

The primary concerns of the United Faculty of Florida in this case are due process and academic freedom. The UFF is convinced that the unjust treatment of any university professional is a threat to all. Therefore, while the UFF membership has varying views of Professsor Al-Arian, we must, for our own safety's sake, defend his freedom of speech and his right to due process.

And this is larger than just academia. This Nation fought a Revolutionary War for, among other things, freedom of speech and the right to due process.

Out of a sense of satire (read on), we should make the following disclaimer: the facts, opinions, and organization of facts and opinions appearing on these pages are the responsibility of UFF, USF/UFF, and the webmaster, and in no way represent the knowledge or views of the USF Administration.

Academic Freedom, Due Process, and Sami al-Arian at USF

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