Faculty members are entitled to academic freedom regarding research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their instructional and non-instructional duties. Patent and copyright ownership will vest consistent with Board policy.
Faculty members are entitled to academic freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but Faculty should be objective in teaching of a controversial matter, which has relation to that subject, and of controversial topics introduced by students. A Faculty member should not introduce controversial matters which have little or no relation to the subject of instruction.
Faculty members are individuals, members of a learned profession, and representatives of a University. When Faculty members speak or write as individuals, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline. However, they must be aware that their position in the community imposes special obligations. As persons of a learning community, the Faculty members should remember that the public might judge the profession and University by extramural utterances. Hence, each Faculty member should, at all times, try to be accurate without offending the community, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others and make every effort to indicate that as a member of the university, he/she does not speak on behalf of the university.
Academic freedom should be distinguished clearly from constitutional freedoms, which all citizens enjoy equally under the law. Academic freedom is an additional assurance to those who teach and pursue knowledge and, thus, pertains to rights of expression regarding teaching and research within specific areas of recognized professional competencies.