06/10/2015 12:24 pm ET Updated Jun 10, 2015

Outraged UW-Madison Faculty Call For Full-Court Press On Tenure

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University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members upset about what they consider to be a coordinated political assault on the UW System spent nearly two hours in a packed lecture hall Tuesday afternoon, reiterating that tenure isn't about a guaranteed job for life, but about protecting academic freedom.

This isn't an issue of Democrats vs. Republicans, David Vanness, an associate professor of population health sciences, told more than 200 faculty gathered for an emergency Faculty Senate meeting.

"This is an issue of academic freedom," Vanness said in a statement. "Freedom to discover and to teach new knowledge, regardless of whether it offends (or enriches) a specific business or political party, or whether it offends a sense of political correctness."

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