Academic freedom questions arise on campus over COVID-19 strategy conflicts - 2020-10-30

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F0.png Academic freedom questions arise on campus over COVID-19 strategy conflicts October 30, 2020, Kate Chesley, Stanford News

Differences of opinion about the best approaches to fighting COVID-19 have prompted concerns among faculty members about how policies regarding academic freedom at the university should be applied and about Stanford's relationship to the Hoover Institution.

The concerns, focused primarily on positions advocated by Scott Atlas, the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a special advisor to President Trump for coronavirus, have resulted in critical public letters and challenging questions posed to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell.

At the heart of the concerns are positions taken by Atlas, former chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford Medical Center, that his colleagues have said may have misled the public about, for instance, the efficacy of masks in combating COVID-19 and the viability of a strategy that encourages the achievement of what is often referred to as "herd immunity" through an easing of lockdowns and increased infections among those less at risk of dying of COVID-19.

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{{cite news | first = Kate | last = Chesley | title = Academic freedom questions arise on campus over COVID-19 strategy conflicts | url = https://news.stanford.edu/2020/10/30/academic-freedom-questions-arise-campus-covid-19-strategy-conflicts/ | work = Stanford News | date = October 30, 2020 | accessdate = September 11, 2021 }}