In the spirit
of its historic association with the United Church of Christ, Elon
University affirms the openness of
that tradition to free inquiry and respect for the right of each person to her
or his convictions. Academic freedom is the right of every faculty member to
be responsibly engaged in scholastic efforts to seek, discover, speak, teach
and publish the truth. Elon University
will uphold its faculty's academic freedom and will protect all its faculty
members against influences from inside or outside the university which would
restrict them in the exercise of that freedom.
At the same
time, Elon University
enjoins its faculty members to exercise these freedoms in a professional and
responsible fashion. As scholars and teachers, they should remember that others
may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence
they should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect
for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that they are
not speaking for the institution unless so authorized.
member, regardless of rank or contract status, who believes 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.