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    Academic Freedom

    Policy Statement                                                                      

    Academic Freedom for the Faculty of Adelphi University means:

    Freedom: of expression in the classroom on matters relevant to the subject and the purpose of the course and of choice of methods in classroom teaching; from direction and restraint in scholarship, research, and creative expression and in the discussion and publication of the results thereof; to speak and write as a citizen without institutional censorship or discipline;


    Responsibility: to perform faithfully the duties of the position; to observe the special obligations of a member of a learned profession and an officer of an educational institution to seek and respect the truth; to make it clear that utterances made on one’s own responsibility are not those of an institutional spokesman.

    Academic freedom is valued very highly at Adelphi, and the University defends it tenaciously; nevertheless, the same University is disinclined to see the concept abused. Academic freedom does not imply immunity from prosecution for illegal acts of wrongdoing, nor does it provide license for faculty members to do whatever they choose.

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    Reason for Policy                                                                    

    To promote public understanding and support of academic freedom and tenure and agreement upon procedures to ensure them 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.

    Who Is Governed by this Policy                                         

    Faculty, Staff and Students


    Policy Owner

    Christopher Storm

    Document History                                                      

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    • Last Revised Date: September 1, 2016
    • Policy Origination Date:          

    Who Approved This Policy                                                  

    This policy is the result of collective bargaining negotiations and is approved by the University and the Union.



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