Robert M. O’Neil examines actions that might be taken to safeguard academic freedom. Among his more judicious recommendations:
- Accrediting associations should focus more sharply and critically on violations of academic freedom.
- Administrators should be more willing to impose sanctions, including dismissal, on faculty members who abuse the special privileges and responsibilities of the professoriate.
- Renewed faculty commitment to professional ethics and responsibility could help increase public acceptance of the concept of academic freedom.
- The academic left should be more willing to come together with colleagues on the academic right who share academic-freedom concerns.