Policy Number: 5.200

Policy Name: Academic Freedom

Original Adoption: January 1, 1991

Revised: August 27, 2003, September 2016

Next Scheduled Review: September 2025

Responsible Cabinet Member: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Department/Office: Division Chairs


Updated August 27, 2003


National Park College's Board of Trustees and administration ascribes to the following statement from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP):

"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; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.

Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.

College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence, 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 institution."

The above statement, while guaranteeing academic freedom, outlines the obligation of faculty and staff not to use their position with the College to advance their personal opinion or philosophy, or to espouse a particular viewpoint to the extent of excluding conflicting viewpoints.