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Committee on Academic Freedom


Monitor, examine and report annually to the Senate on the status of academic freedom at the college. Make appropriate recommendations regarding academic freedom policies and practices to the college’s governance bodies and, as appropriate, through those bodies to the University Faculty Senate. Investigate possible violations of academic freedom. In order to ensure a secure and protected environment for individuals who wish to bring cases of abridgement of academic freedom before the committee, such charges will be examined by a sub-committee of two members chosen by the complainant or, if requested, by the committee chair.  


Designated Voting Members

  • Chair
  • 1 Faculty member from each of the divisions
  • 1 Faculty member from the School of Social Work 
  • 1 Faculty member from the Library
  • 1 Faculty member at-large
  • 1 member of the HEO staff
  • 2 students
  • 2 Faculty alternates
  • 1 HEO alternate
  • 2 Student alternates


  • Provost

Current membership

  • Chair, Prof. Sarah Chinn, English
  • Prof. Patrick Burke, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Prof. Wendy Cavendish, Special Education
  • Prof. Virginia Valian*, Psychology/Gender Equity Project
  • Prof. Sandra Wilde*, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Prof. Hal Grossman
  • Prof. Marilyn Rothschild, Physics and Astronomy
  • Prof. John Carey
  • HEO, Dana Reimer, Geography
  • Student, Eamon Pickard
  • Student, Colleen Cash
  • Student, Joseph Franzese, Political Science
  • Student, Zhong Lin*, Political Science

*subject to future ratification by the Nominating Committee and the Hunter College Senate

Reports to the Senate



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