About This Policy
- Effective Date:
- Date of Last Review/Update:
- Responsible University Office:
- University Faculty Council
- Responsible University Administrator:
Provost/Chancellors of each campus
- Policy Contact:
Director of Faculty Council Office
- Policy Feedback:
- If you have comments or questions about this policy, let us know with the policy feedback form.
- Print or view a PDF of this policy
- Many policies are quite lengthy. Please check the page count before deciding whether to print.
- Academic freedom, accompanied by responsibility, attaches to all aspects of a teacher’s professional conduct. The teacher shall have full freedom of instruction, subject to adequate fulfillment of other academic duties. No limitation shall be placed upon the teacher’s freedom of exposition of the subject in the classroom or on the expression of it outside. The teacher should not subject students to discussion in the classroom of topics irrelevant to the content of the course.
- Academic freedom, accompanied by responsibility, attaches to all aspects of a librarian’s professional conduct. No censorship shall be imposed on the librarian’s freedom to select and make available any materials supporting the teaching, research, and general learning functions of the academic community.
- Academic freedom, accompanied by responsibility, attaches to all aspects of a researcher’s professional conduct. The researcher shall have full freedom of investigation, subject to adequate fulfillment of other academic duties. No limitation shall be placed upon the subject matter of the research, its publication and dissemination, or the expression of it outside the university.
- Academic freedom includes the freedom to express views on matters having to do with the university and its policies, and on issues of public interest generally. When faculty write or speak as citizens, they should avoid appearing to be speaking for the university. They should recognize that a professional position in the community involves the obligation to be accurate, to exercise appropriate restraint, and to show respect for the right of others to express their views.
- This policy does not override promotion and tenure guidelines, nor other university policies concerning academic ethics and misconduct.
Reason for Policy
Academic freedom is central to the mission of the university. Knowledge cannot be advanced unless faculty and librarians have freedom to study and communicate ideas and facts, including those that are inconvenient to political groups or authorities, without fear of recrimination.