Policy No. 800

Area: Human Resources
Adopted: 04/23/96
Revisions Approved: 

Description: Academic Freedom

Academic freedom at Atlantic Cape Community College is viewed as assurance of the following entitlement:

1. Educators are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties; but research for pecuniary return shall be based upon an understanding with authorities of the institution.

2. Educators are entitled to academic freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects, yet they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to the subject matter.

3. Educators are citizens, members of the learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they exercise rights as citizens, they shall be free from institutional censorship or discipline, yet their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As persons of learning and as educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge the profession and the institution by their utterances. Hence, they should at all time be accurate; should exercise appropriate restraint; should show respect for the opinion of others; and should make every effort to indicate that they are presenting personal rather than institutional views.

See Also:

Academics Policy No. 102


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