Restore Academic Freedom at Roosevelt University sign now

On behalf of faculty, students, and concerned people everywhere, we are deeply disturbed and protest in the strongest possible terms Roosevelt Universitys gross and blatant violation of academic freedom against a philosophy and religion professor and his students.

Professor Douglas Giles was fired for allowing students in his comparative religions class to ask questions about Judaism and Islam and for refusing to teach a biased curriculum. Roosevelts department chair forbade Professor Giles from allowing students to ask questions, saying open discussion could open up Judaism to criticism. The chair also told Professor Giles to alter his curriculum to fit the chairs personal religious and political views, saying that Palestinians and Muslims were animals who do not have a side. Professor Giles refused and was fired.

Roosevelt has never once denied or disavowed the chairs statements and actions. Instead, Roosevelt has condoned and defended her attempts to restrict the curriculum and student discussion and have characterized her statements about Palestinians and Muslims as an academic discussion in which she was defending her position passionately.

Roosevelts treatment of Professor Giles and his students violates accepted standards of academic freedom. To close off student discussion, especially in a philosophy or religion class, is completely inappropriate and outrageous. Roosevelt University was founded to be an institution dedicated to civil liberties, social justice, and free ideological expression, and this recent episode reflects poorly on that proud tradition.

We demand that Roosevelt University uphold the right of students and faculty to freely formulate, express, and debate ideas in and out of the classroom. We further demand that Professor Douglas Giles be reinstated immediately at Roosevelt University and in all ways made whole, as he is a supporter of these very ideals.

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  • 03 January 2016550. Ashley F
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015549. Abe H
    Freedom of speech is enshrined in the American Constitution - this is an attempt by the pro-Israel lobby to gag any criticism or discussion of Israel' s brutalOccupation of the Palestinian people. Institution Westminster University
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    Shame on the Dept. chair Institution В
  • 06 December 2015545. Eyad K
    I strongly urge your institution and all other US educational institutions to restore the freedom of open academic debates and the freedom of educators and students to communicate freely, professionaly and ethically. Institution Private US Citizen
  • 28 November 2015544. Naim M
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  • 24 November 2015543. Michael C
    Professor Giles has been fired on what is transparently a pretext (his competence as a logician), while the University defends the grossly racist of one of its senior members. It's hard to say which brings the institution into more serious disrepute. In
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    Do you know the meaning of the word racism? Institution Mubarak Hospital - Kuwait
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    Free discussion is paramount in education! Institution В
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  • 26 October 2015536. Maureen D
    A university is an institution where minds should be encouraged to expand...not to absorb and then "spit back" information. In a philosophy class--even Sophocles or Socrates would agree--discussion is key.
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  • 30 September 2015533. Charles T
    Students must be allowed to learn openly. Professors must be allowed to teach openly. Institution University of Maryland
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  • 24 September 2015531. D Hm
    Please reinstate Professor Giles to comply with basics of academic freedom. Institution independent scholar
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  • 24 August 2015529. Justin N
    It's sad to see things like this still continue to go on in Universities. People with such power in schools just have that taken away from them because this clearly shows they are undeserving of it. Institution Roosevelt University (Schaumburg)
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Rosalind CalderonBy:
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Petition target:
Charles Middleton, President of Roosevelt University; Pamela Reid, Provost of Roosevelt University; and the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University


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