Policy No. 102
Area: Academics

Adopted: 04/23/96
Revisions Approved:

Description: Academic Freedom


Faculty members are free to engage in academic research and to publish their results. It is understood that while conducting research, faculty will adequately perform their assigned duties. Before accepting or seeking money for their research from outside sources, they must obtain a letter of understanding from the academic dean.

Faculty are free to discuss their subjects in the classroom, but should not introduce controversial issues that have no relation to their subject matter.

The faculty are citizens, members of a learned profession, and part of an educational institution. When they exercise rights as citizens, they shall be free from institutional censorship or discipline. However, their special position imposes special obligations. As persons of learning and representatives of an educational institution, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and the College by what is said in their classrooms. Therefore, they should at all times be as accurate as possible, and should exercise appropriate restraint, demonstrating, at all times, their respect for the opinion of others and make every effort to indicate that they are not spokespersons for the institution.

See Also:

Academics Policy No. 100
Human Resources Policy No.800

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