In the midst of faculty contract negotiations, graduate student union holds rally

Members of the University of Connecticut graduate union, graduate senate, faculty, and graduate programs gathered outside of Wilbur Cross on Wed., Nov. 18 for academic freedom as defined by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). (Courtesy/GEU-UAW UConn Graduate Employee Union Facebook page)

Members of the University of Connecticut graduate union, graduate senate, faculty, and graduate programs rallied in support of academic freedom around noon Wednesday outside of the Wilbur Cross Building.

Academic freedom, which is defined by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as full freedom in research, publication and classroom curriculum, is one of the main goals of the faculty union.

The Graduate Employee Union, which was formed last April, encouraged people to rally in support of the AAUP.

The rally was organized because the faculty’s contract is currently under negotiation. 

Anthony Patelunas, president of the Graduate Student Senate, said academic freedom is essential to the mission of the university and faculty.


Claire Galvin is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at claire.galvin@uconn.edu.