3160 - Academic Freedom, Rights, and Responsibilities
Last updated: July 01, 2000
PREAMBLE: This section serves as an introduction to the rights and responsibilities of both faculty and staff employees. The following declarations embody the essential elements of both the Board of Regents' policy regarding rights and responsibilities and the 1940 statement of the American Association of University Professors. (As used in this section "teacher" is understood to include all UI professional employees who are engaged in teaching, research, or service activities.) (NOTE: See 4700 C for proscribed subjects of instruction. For additional statements pertaining to the responsibilities of faculty members, see 3120 B, 3240, 3260, 4310, 4700, 5100, 5200, 5300, 5400.) This section appeared in the 1979 Handbook. Section B-3a/b was added in June 1989 and B-3-c in July 1996 (reflecting the Board of Education's Policies and Procedures III-B-3). For further information, contact the Office of the Faculty Secretary (208-885-6151). (ed 7-97, 7-00)
A. POLICY. 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 rights. (State Board of Education, Governing Policies and Procedures, IIIB.)
B. RESEARCH AND TEACHING RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
B-1. Research. Teachers 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 should be based on and consistent with the established written policies of the institution.
B-2. Teaching. Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter that is unrelated to their subjects. (ed. 7-97)
a. Membership in the academic community imposes on teachers, administrators, other institutional employees, and students an obligation to respect the dignity of others, to acknowledge the right of others to express differing opinions, and to foster and defend intellectual honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction, and freedom of expression on and off campus of the institution.
b. Teachers are citizens, members of learned professions, and representatives of their institutions. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline. However, as members of the academic community and as representatives of their institutions, they should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that they do not officially speak for the institution.
c. Faculty members must refrain from using institutional resources for the furtherance of their interests or activities which are not a part of their assigned responsibilities to the institution.