Academic Freedom (Policy 1.035)

Authority:Florida Statute 1004.01; 1001.64
Date Adopted:7/82; Rev. 7/92; 12/04; 01/2013
Date of Review:12/04; 05/09; 08/11; 03/12


It is the policy of the Board that the College strive to maintain an atmosphere in which students and faculty have ample opportunity to explore the full spectrum of ideas, opinions, and beliefs.

  1. In order to ensure that this situation is perpetuated, academic freedom is defined in terms of the following rights:
    1. To seek information
    2. To interpret information
    3. To communicate findings without interference
  2. By accepting academic freedom, each individual faculty member also accepts the following responsibilities for preserving that freedom:
    1. To maintain scholarly competence
    2. To confine himself to his area of competence
    3. To be objective
    4. To speak his conclusions
    5. To speak officially for the College only when authorized
    6. To defend the academic freedom of his colleagues

The administration of the College guarantees academic freedom by making sure that all faculty members are protected from the threats of economic deprivation and discriminatory dismissal. The faculty subscribes to this statement of academic freedom with the firm belief that academic freedom neither implies the granting of license nor releases anyone of his contractual and legal duties. This statement does not diminish anyone's rights as provided under the Constitution of the United States of America.