Free Scholarship and Its Responsibilities

The Board of Regents has affirmed its beliefs that academic freedom is essential for the protection of the rights of faculty members in teaching and of students in learning; that freedom in research and teaching is fundamental to the advancement of truth; that, therefore, academic freedom should not be abridged or abused; and that academic freedom carries with it responsibilities correlative with those rights.  (State Board of Education, Governing Policies and Procedures, IIIB).


Sponsors of University-based research may not prohibit specific individuals or groups from participating in research on account of their beliefs or backgrounds.


Researchers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other duties, but research and consulting for pecuniary return must be based on and consistent with the established written policies of the institution (FSH 3160, B-1).