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Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure

Purpose and Functions

  • The committee shall follow the policies and procedures for grievances established in ABOR Policy 6-201 and ASU policy ACD 509–02, “Grievance Policy for Faculty.”
  • the committee shall investigate alleged infringements upon the academic freedom or tenure of faculty members
  • the committee shall hear cases assigned to it by the Clearinghouse Committee
  • the committee shall deal with dismissal and disability status.

Membership Guidelines

  • Twelve members: six from the Tempe campus and two each from the Downtown campus, the Polytechnic campus and the West campus. Members shall be elected by the Academic Assembly from among tenured professors and tenured associate professors. Assembly members may vote only for those nominees for their campus. The term shall be three years, one-third of the elected members to be replaced each year. Members may not hold administrative positions at the level of department chair or above.

Roster 2020-2021


  • Jill Messing, School of Social Work, Downtown Phoenix campus 2021


Ex officio:

  • President of the University Senate


To officially submit a grievance, please go to Filing a Grievance.