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3.1.1 Principles of Academic Freedom

The University is committed to the free search for truth and its free expression.

Academic Freedom in teaching, research, and publication is essential to these purposes, as is the freedom of students in learning.

The most authoritative articulation of the central tenets of academic freedom is the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which was adopted by the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities).

The University adheres to the principle of academic freedom in the 1940 Statement, as subsequently amended.

The following elements drawn from the 1940 Statement merit restatement here because they describe the conditions that are essential to the University's successful accomplishment of its educational mission:

Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties.

Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, and students are entitled to freedom in learning.

Members of the Faculty are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of the University. When they speak or write as citizens they will be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position imposes special obligations. They 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 they are not speaking for the University.