Academic Freedom


Academic freedom is the freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, and to speak or write without institutional discipline or restraint on matters of public concern as well as on matters related to professional duties and the functioning of the University. Academic responsibility implies the faithful performance of professional duties and obligations, the recognition of the demands of the scholarly enterprise, and the candor to make it clear that when one is speaking on matters of public interest, one is not speaking for the institution.

5.1.1  AAUP Statements of Faculty Rights    The University subscribes to the Statement on Academic Freedom adopted by the Association of American Colleges in 1941, and to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) November 1970 statement on Freedom and Responsibility.  Both of these statements are included in Appendix C of this Faculty Handbook.

5.1.2 Political Activities of Faculty    Involvement in political activity is considered an individual matter, with the under­standing that the faculty member in such cases does not represent the University.  The statement by the AAUP Sub-Committee on Political Activity of Professors is contained in Appendix C.

5.1.3  First Amendment Rights    The Policy on Academic Freedom, contained in Appendix C, defines rights under the policy, specifies who is covered by the policy, and notes that the process for hearings in cases of alleged violation of free expression or inquiry rights is under the jurisdiction of the University Faculty Appeals and Grievance Committee (see §2.6.5).