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3160 - Academic Freedom, Rights, and Responsibilities


  • Position: Vice Provost for Faculty
  • Name: Diane Kelly-Reilly
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Last updated: December 01, 2006

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. (RGP III.B.).


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.

B-3. Responsibilities.

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.

Version History

Amended December 2006. Editorial changes.

Amended July 2000. Editorial changes.

Amended July 1997. Editorial changes.

Amended July 1996. Added section B-3-c.

Amended June 1989. Added section B-3a/b.

Adopted 1979.

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