Faculty Handbook

22. Faculty Rights

22.1. Academic Freedom

The College holds to the principle that institutions of higher education are committed to open and rational discussion as a principal means for the clarification of issues and the resolution of problems. The search for truth can best be advanced when responsible and sensitive individuals operate in an atmosphere of freedom. All members of the academic community should be free to pursue their rightful goals, speak openly, be heard, study, instruct, administer, and conduct research.

Academic freedom, however, should be distinguished clearly from constitutional freedom, the latter being freedom which all citizens enjoy equally under the law. Academic freedom is an additional assurance, to those who teach and pursue knowledge, of rights of expression regarding teaching and research within specific areas of recognized professional competencies.