Academic Freedom

The Board affirms the rights and responsibilities of College instructors and administrators as defined by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in its "Academic Freedom and Tenure" statement of 1940, which states:

  1. The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of other academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.
  2. The teacher is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing his/her subject, but should be careful not to introduce into his/her teaching controversial matter that has no relation to the subject being discussed. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.
  3. The college or university teacher is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When a teacher speaks or writes as a citizen, she/he should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but should realize that a teacher's special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning and an educational officer, she/he should remember that the public may judge the profession and institution by his/her utterances. Hence, one should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that he/she is not an institutional spokesperson.

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