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Academic Freedom

Several issues regarding academic freedom have recently surfaced on campus. I have copied the relevant sections of your contracts to make you aware of our very strong, protective language regarding academic freedom. The provisions are very similar in both the day and DCE contracts. Please do not take this issue lightly and be aware of your rights. Please contact the executive committee should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Claudine Barnes, Chapter President and Dan McCullough, Day Grievance Coordinator

Day Contract Article VII- Academic Freedom and Responsibility page 17

ARTICLE VII - Academic Freedom & Responsibility

7.01 Academic Freedom

The Employer and the Association endorse the principles and standards of academic freedom and academic responsibility as generally and traditionally accepted in institutions of higher education. The parties agree to promote public understanding and support of academic freedom and agreement upon procedures to assure academic freedom in Colleges and Universities. Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition. Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research.

Academic freedom is the right of scholars in institutions of higher education freely to study, discuss, investigate, teach, exhibit, perform and publish. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning. The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the exhibition, performance and publication of the results of the instructor’s research, to full freedom in the classroom in discussing the instructor’s subject, and, most specifically, in the selection of the instructor’s classroom materials, including the selection of texts. The instructor is entitled to discuss controversial issues. As both an instructor and scholar, the instructor recognizes the instructor’s professional obligation to present various scholarly opinions and to avoid presenting totally unrelated materials, that being fundamental to the advancement of truth.

A faculty member has the right to determine the amount and character of the work and other activities the faculty member pursues outside the College, provided such work and other activities do not interfere with the discharge of the faculty member’s responsibilities under the terms of this Agreement. Unit members are entitled to freedom of expression of political belief or affiliation.

7.02 Academic Responsibilities

Academic freedom carries with it correlative responsibilities. The faculty member has the responsibility to the faculty member’s colleagues and the College community to preserve intellectual honesty in the faculty member’s teaching and research. The faculty member respects the free inquiry of the faculty member’s associates and avoids interference in their work. The parties recognize that adherence to the complementary concepts of academic freedom and academic responsibility will most nearly ensure that the greatest contributions to the several Colleges will be made by their most valuable resource, the faculty. The college or university teacher is a citizen and a member of a learned profession affiliated with an educational institution. When the instructor speaks or writes as a citizen, the instructor should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but the instructor’s special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning, affiliated with an educational institution, the instructor should remember that the public may judge the instructor’s profession and the instructor’s utterances. Hence, the instructor should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinion of others, and should make every effort to indicate when the instructor is not an institutional spokesperson. Institutions of higher education are committed to the search for truth and knowledge and to contributing to the solution of problems and controversies by the method of rational discussion.

DCE Contract Article VI- Academic Freedom and Responsibility page 4

ARTICLE VI - Academic Freedom & Responsibility

6.01 Academic Freedom

The Board and the Association endorse the principles and standards of academic freedom and academic responsibility as generally and traditionally accepted in institutions of higher education. The parties agree to promote public understanding and support of academic freedom and agreement upon procedures to assure academic freedom in Colleges and Universities. Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition. Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research.

Academic freedom is the right of scholars in institutions of higher education freely to study, discuss, investigate, teach, exhibit, perform and publish. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning.

The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the exhibition, performance and publication of the results of said research, and to full freedom in the classroom in discussing his/her subject and most specifically in the selection of classroom materials, including the selection of texts. The teacher is entitled to discuss controversial issues. As both a teacher and scholar, the faculty member recognizes the professional obligation to present various scholarly opinions and to avoid presenting totally unrelated materials, that being fundamental to the advancement of truth.

A unit member has the right to determine the amount and character of the work and other activities the unit member pursues outside the College; provided such work and other activities do not interfere with the discharge of responsibilities under the terms of this Agreement. Unit members are entitled to freedom of expression of political belief or affiliation.

6.02 Academic Responsibilities

Academic freedom carries with it correlative responsibilities. The faculty member has the responsibility to colleagues and the College community to preserve intellectual honesty in teaching and research. The faculty member respects the free inquiry of associates and avoids interference in their work.

The parties recognize that adherence to the complementary concepts of academic freedom and academic responsibility will most nearly ensure that the greatest contributions to the several Colleges will be made by their most valuable resource, the faculty. The college or university teacher is a citizen and a member of a learned profession affiliated with an educational institution. When the faculty member speaks or writes as a citizen, such activities should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but the faculty member's special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning, affiliated with an educational institution, the faculty member should remember that the public may judge the teaching profession and the faculty member's utterances. Hence, the faculty member should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinion of others, and should make every effort to indicate when the faculty member is not an institutional spokesperson.

Institutions of higher education are committed to the search for truth and knowledge and to contributing to the solution of problems and controversies by the method of rational discussion.