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For Immediate Release
February 22, 2023

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on Dr. David Carpenter

In this statement, United University President Frederick E. Kowal responds to a Feb. 21 announcement by University of Albany to end its disciplinary investigation against UAlbany researcher and UUP member Dr. David O. Carpenter. The inquiry stemmed from a Freedom of Information Law request by an attorney for Monsanto Company in toxic pollution cases. Carpenter is a well-known expert witness in toxic pollution cases who has testified many times against Monsanto.

“We welcome the resolution of the so-called ‘alternative assignment’ of Dr. David Carpenter by the University at Albany, which will allow him to return to campus and resume his important work as director of UAlbany’s Institute for Health and the Environment.

“This resolution is an important victory for academic freedom, which is under assault on campuses across the country. It has also exposed major issues regarding academic freedom and the powerful, rich corporations that seek to constrain that right.

“We are pleased that Dr. Carpenter, who is a UUP member, can now continue his important work as an expert witness in cases involving plaintiffs alleging injuries from toxic substances—including cases involving Monsanto Company.

“The principles of academic freedom and due process are part of the foundation that United University Professions is built upon. We will always fight for our members to protect those rights.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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