Since the first week of August, a Texas A and M task force has been working on multiple issues related to academic freedom. December’s meeting of the A and M faculty senate was dominated by a task force update. One of the task force members, Heather Lench of the faculty affairs office, said one of the outcomes is creating an academic freedom task force.
The elected council could review allegations of what is said or presented by faculty and staff.
The council could also provide advice to the university administration about academic freedom.
In an online message posted by university president Mark Welsh before Christmas break, he wrote that the academic freedom council would be composed of faculty, at least one librarian, and one research scientists.