In the exploration of knowledge, scholarly research, and creative activities, faculty and students must be free to proceed in a spirit of inquiry and constructive criticism. They must be able to examine ideas in an atmosphere of freedom and confidence and to participate as responsible citizens in community affairs. However, academic freedom must be subject to the self-restraints imposed by good judgment. At no time will the principle of academic freedom protect a negligent or an incompetent faculty member, nor will it prevent the institution from making appropriate efforts to evaluate the work of all members of the faculty.
BOT: July 20, 2010
Reviewed February 16, 2020