Academic Freedom Statement

Institutions of higher education exist 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 academic freedom: the free search for truth and its free exposition in the classroom and through research. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning. It carries duties correlative with rights.

In order to protect academic freedom, the members of the Elon College community endorse the following principles:

    a.     Elon faculty are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of
            their results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic
            duties; but research for monetary gain should be based upon an understanding
            with the authorities of the  institution.

    b.    Teachers are entitle dto 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.

    c.    Elon faculty are citizens, members of a learned profession, and teachers in 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 teachers, 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.

    d.    Any faculty member, regardless of rank or contract status, who feels his or her
           academic freedom has been violated may petition the Academic Council for a
           hearing.  Following the hearing, the Academic Council will report its findings to
           the President and to the faculty member who initiated the petition.

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