Indiana AAUP Chapters Help Restore Student Rights at Purdue University Global

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 21:11

February 25, 2019

Dave Nalbone, Indiana AAUP President,;
Bill Mullen, AAUP-Purdue Vice-President,

For Immediate Release

Indiana AAUP Chapters Help Restore Student Rights at Purdue University Global

West Lafayette, IN -- Indiana chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) won a major victory for students and faculty in Indiana by forcing the online public university, Purdue University Global (PUG), to withdraw a mandatory arbitration clause that stripped students of legal rights.

Purdue Global to stop NDA practice with faculty - forced arbitration for students continues

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:37

Inside Higher Education reports today that Purdue Global has dropped the expectation that Purdue Global faculty sign a NDA as part of their terms of employment.  However, the expectation that students must forgo their legal rights and agree to undergo forced arbitration instead of bringing Purdue Global to court continues. 

Read the Inside Higher Ed piece here.

Tell Purdue what you think about its practice of requiring forced arbitration here. 

AAUP releases copy of NDA Purdue Global employees expected to sign

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Wed, 08/22/2018 - 20:31

AAUP National posted today a press release about an NDA that it appears employees of Purdue Global are expected to sign.  

Purdue Global’s NDA states that any work product, including all course materials "or other intellectual property that arises in any part in the course of … employment at Purdue Global, is commissioned and owned by Purdue Global as a work-for-hire and may not be used, duplicated or distributed outside of Purdue Global."

“Asserting ownership over the faculty’s teaching-related materials undermines standard academic practice, violating faculty rights to their own intellectual property as well as their academic freedom,” Scholtz says. “This type of agreement would be unprecedented for a public, non-profit university.”

More information available through the press release here.

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