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University Faculty Council

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University Faculty Council, Board of Trustees, Southeastern Louisiana University

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Academic Freedom


Policy Statement

Academic freedom, accompanied by responsibility, attaches to all aspects of a teacher’s
and librarian’s professional conduct. The teacher and librarian shall have full freedom
of investigation, subject to adequate fulfillment of other academic duties. No limitation
shall be placed upon the teacher’s and librarian’s freedom of exposition of the subject
in the classroom, or library, or on the expression of it outside. The teacher should
not subject students to discussion in the classroom of topics irrelevant to the content
of the course. No censorship shall be imposed on the librarian’s freedom to select
and make available any materials supporting the teaching, research, and general learning
functions of the academic community. In public utterances the teacher and librarian
shall be free of institutional control, but when either the teacher or librarian writes
or speaks as a citizen, an endeavor should be made to avoid appearing as a spokesman
for the University. The teacher or librarian should recognize that a professional
position in the community involves the obligation to be accurate, to exercise appropriate
restraint, and to show respect for the right of others to express their views.

Cases involving alleged impairment of academic freedom shall be referred to the appropriate
Board of Review and dealt with according to established procedure.

(Faculty Council, May 17, 1966; University Faculty Council, May 30, 1976; Reaffirmed
by University Faculty Council, October 10, 2005; Board of Trustees, November 4, 2005)