Academic Freedom Policy

Policy Number
Board of Trustees
Date Approved
Effective Date
Responsible Division
Human Resources

The Board of Trustees shall guarantee and protect academic freedom at the College. 

Academic freedom is defined as the right to teach, to investigate, and to publish freely.  As the faculty have the primary responsibility and obligation for all student learning, the Board requires that teaching, both in content and methodology, be intended to promote student mastery of learning outcomes.

In addition, the Board respects the First Amendment rights of all employees, on and off campus.  However, the Board expects all employees to refrain from using their positions at the College to sway others to one particular religious or political belief.  The Board further expects employees to make a reasonable effort to disassociate the College from personal opinions that are contrary to the mission and values of the College.