When David Horowitz founded Students for Academic Freedom in the Spring of 2003, it was because of the need he saw for an organization to stand up for the rights of students to get a professional education and be free from political harassment in university classrooms.
In the ensuing three years, we have launched an historic campaign for academic freedom involving over 150 campuses and thousands of students across the nation.
With the adoption of the first student bill of rights in the nation by the trustees of Temple University
, it is time to provide a summary chronicle of major events and achievements since our founding.
On September 3, David Horowitz announces Campaign for Fairness and Inclusion in Higher Education with the slogan "You can't get a good education if they're only telling you half the story.
calls for inquiries into political bias in the hiring of faculty and the appointment of commencement speakers.
David Horowitz speaks on academic freedom at the University of Missouri-Columbia where biology professor Miriam Golomb offers her students extra credit to attend and protest his speech.
is forced to set the record straight.
The Georgia State Senate Education Committee
unanimously votes for the Academic Bill of Rights on March 9 after David Horowitz
and local students testify at hearings.
n March 23, the fullGeorgia State Senate votes 41-5 in favor of the Academic Bill of Rights.
but is told by administrators that the location of his
speech will have to be moved from an open-air atrium because passing students might be "offended.
An article by Mano Singham in the Cleveland Plain Dealer kicks off a media furor questioning whether Horowitz
made up the story of a University of Northern Colorado student who claimed that her final exam in a criminology course asked her to "explain why George Bush is a war criminal.
is vindicated in Colorado exam caper.
The resolution was based upon David Horowitz's
Academic Bill of Rights.
SAF Chairman David Horowitz testifies on January 10 before an historic hearing held at Temple University in Philadelphia by the select committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature charged with reviewing the state of academic freedom on Pennsylvania's public college and university campuses.
A coalition of radical professors, students, and organizations launch a smear campaign to discredit David Horowitz's
newly-released book, The Professors, which documents the politicization of the academy and neglect of scholarly standards in favor of political ones.
Members of the New York State Assembly tossed their hats into the ring of the academic freedom movement on February 28 when they introduced a bill that would establish an academic bill of rights for students in state-funded colleges and universities.
On March 7, David Horowitz
speaks to a crowd of over 500 students at Duke University
Director of Undergraduate Studies Diane Nelson, who is also a tenured associate professor of Cultural Anthropology, attempted to disrupt Horowitz's
speech by attempting to convince 20 students - male and female - into stripping during the middle of Horowitz's
testifies on March 15 before the appropriations committee of the Kansas State Legislature on the need to enact an Academic Bill of Rights to protect the academic freedom of students in the state's public colleges and universities.
The K-12 press conference includes the presentation of the "Sean Allen Award" by David Horowitz to Colorado high school student Sean Allen whose recording of an illiterate political rant by his geography teacher, Jay Bennish, created a national furor over classroom indoctrination.
trounces University of Colorado-Boulder Professor
Ward Churchill in an April 6 debate on the topic "Can Politics Be Taken Out Of The Classroom, and Should It Be?
When David Horowitz
speaks at the University of Chicago
on May 9, the university creates a "safe zone" outside of the room where he
is speaking in case listeners need to "cool off.
President criticizes the arrangement noting that "When Cornell West, or the Chinese ambassador, or other controversial speakers have spoken here, the University offered no safe zone."
A panel of five professors concludes on May 16 that the former chairman of Colorado University's Ethnic Studies Department and current full professor in that department, Ward Churchill, "committed several forms of academic misconduct" including "Falsification," "Fabrication," "Plagiarism," and "Serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research," further proving the thesis of David Horowitz's
The Professors that universities regularly allow professors' political views to influence hiring and promotion.
for Academic Freedom
and Frontpage Magazine
publish a rebuttal to an attack made on David Horowitz's
book The Professors by a radical coalition of academics calling themselves by the misnomer "Free Exchange on Campus."
publishes the first in a series of reports authored by David Horowitz
and titled Indoctrination U.
which reveal how the curricula of America's universities has been corrupted and transformed by tenured radicals into programs of ideological indoctrination.
In a planned attack at Ball State University on November 8, a student protestor hurls a cream pie at Students for Academic Freedom Chairman David Horowitz in an effort to disrupt his forthcoming speech on the campus.
The pie misses Horowitz, instead striking Ball State Public Safety Director Gene Burton, who stepped forward to intercept the attack.