Academic Freedom Policy

Saint Mary's College generally endorses the policy recommendations of the American Association of University Professors. College policy, however, in certain instances may differ from the detailed procedures described in AAUP publications and, in those instances, College policy takes precedence. The material in this sections is an interpretation of the following AAUP statements as they apply to the academic freedom of the faculty at Saint Mary’s College:  “Academic Freedom and Tenure: 1940 Statement of Principles and Interpretive Statements” and “1976 Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure,” AAUP Policy Documents and Reports, as amended.

FREEDOM OF TEACHING

Faculty are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to the subject. They are expected to exercise care in their own subjects so that hypotheses, theories, and opinions are presented as such, and not as facts.  

FREEDOM OF RESEARCH

Faculty are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of their results subject to the adequate performance of other academic duties. Research for pecuniary return must be based upon an understanding with the College administration.

FREEDOM OF EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITY

Faculty are citizens, members of learned professions, and officers of instruction. When they speak or write as citizens they are free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As learned persons and officers of instruction, faculty should remember that the public may judge their profession and institution by their utterances. Hence, faculty should 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 as representatives of the institution.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN A CATHOLIC COLLEGE

Saint Mary's College is a Roman Catholic institution. Faculty are free to research, to present, and to discuss all positions on important issues; however, they must do so in an atmosphere which promotes the highest intellectual standards and recognizes and respects the tradition of Christian belief, which is a major foundation of this institution. 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES INVOLVING ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLATION OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Cases involving issues centering on alleged violation of academic freedom are handled by the Grievance Committee of the Faculty Assembly according to the special procedure delineated for cases involving academic freedom.

Applies To: 
Faculty
Last Updated: 
08/15/2018
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