The administration of Elon
University makes every effort to
practice democracy in administrative matters. Authority for the administration
of the university is vested in the Board of Trustees and in its selected administrative
officer, the president. The faculty, however, is given the responsibility of
making the decisions that involve the teaching program of the university. Faculty
committees are asked to make studies and to report to the faculty, which renders
decisions within the scope of its authority. On matters beyond the authority
of the faculty, the faculty may make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
The administration recognizes that the most important function of the university
is that of teaching. It is the aim of the administration to maintain an atmosphere
that is conducive to good teaching and where faculty members can pursue the
search for the truth in an atmosphere of academic freedom. In a democracy, such
a freedom is obtained only as the faculty exercises that freedom and assumes
its responsibility to guard that freedom against abuses.