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5.130 Professional Growth and Development

5.140 Faculty Status

5.150 Continuing One-half Time Faculty

5.200 Academic Freedom

5.300 Faculty Organizations

5.310 Faculty Committee Assignments

5.320 Division Chairperson

5.400 Evaluation of Full-time Faculty

5.500 Divisional Meetings

5.600 Mini-Courses, Interim Courses, and Special Courses

5.700 Faculty Release Time

5.710 Intellectual Property Rights and Policies

5.720 Sabbatical Leave

5.800 Participation in Graduation

5.900 Faculty Office Assignments

5.200 Academic Freedom


Policy Number: 5.200 

Subject: Academic Freedom

Date Adopted: January 1, 1991, Updated August 27, 2003

National Park Community College's Board of Trustees and administration ascribes to the following statement from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP):

"Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.

Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.

College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence, they should at all times 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 for the institution."

The above statement, while guaranteeing academic freedom, outlines the obligation of faculty and staff not to use their position with the College to advance their personal opinion or philosophy, or to espouse a particular viewpoint to the extent of excluding conflicting viewpoints.