Throughout your college experience, students and faculty members will be engaging in academic discussions and debates in the classroom and outside of the classroom that may be challenging for members of our community. As an institution of higher education, we cannot shy away from engaging in these conversations as scholars and academics, and we understand the importance of bridging differences through active, scholarly dialogue.
As such, the academic leaders would invite you to review the definition of academic freedom:
For students and faculty, academic freedom means that faculty and students can freely exercise the following rights without fear of prior restraint, censorship, or reprisal, including: the right to engage in intellectual debate and to express their views, provided that the manner of expression does not intrude upon the rights of others. In fact, we encourage discussion of differing opinions.
Faculty have several additional rights of academic freedom, which can also be freely exercised without fear of prior restraint, censorship, or reprisal, including:
The Office of Academic Affairs is committed to academic engagement and supports inclusivity in the classroom through faculty training and student outreach. We encourage students to engage with their peers and faculty members as academics and scholars on the events that touch all of our lives.
Read the entire Statement of Academic Freedom in the College's Catalog.