137.8 Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 05/15/2001
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 30 - Freedom
Originator: Acad. Adm. & Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 137.8
Adoption Date: 03/01/2016
Reviewed for Currency: 03/01/2016
Replaces File: 137.8
Date of Origin: 11/12/1975
Classification: Faculty
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137.8 Individual Rights and Responsibilities


A. Background

Furman University believes that academic freedom is essential to learning and the pursuit of truth and is necessary for a community of scholars.


B. Policy

Furman University subscribes to the statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure adopted jointly in 1940 by the Association of American Colleges and the American Association of University Professors which states in part that "the teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of his or her other academic duties...; the teacher is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing his or her subject...; the teacher is entitled to his or her political rights as a citizen and should be free from institutional censorship or discipline." For the full text, see Association of American Colleges Bulletin, 27 (1941), 127-129, or American Association of University Professors Bulletin, 27 (1941), 40-43. For interpretations of the statement, see the "1972 Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure," AAUP Bulletin, 58 (December, 1972), 428-433, and AAUP Policy Documents and Reports (the Redbook), 11th ed. (2015), 14.


C. Guidelines

1. Those employed by the university to teach should seek to lead lives that are consistent with the University Statement of Character and Values.

2. Faculty members “should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject.”

3. Faculty members are "citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution" and their special position in the community imposes special obligations...  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" (AAUP 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure as it appears in the Redbook, 11th ed., 14).

4. The university will not accept any external funding in the form of gifts, grants or contracts that implies external control of or limitations upon the academic freedom of individual faculty members (guaranteed in the AAUP statements above) in the University's fulfilling the terms of the gifts, grants or contractual obligations.

5. See also entries on Professional Ethics (File 122.1), Due Process (File 131.5), and Political Activity (File 137.3).