305.000 - Academic Freedom

The College subscribes to the 1940 “Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure” issued by the American Association of University Professors and the Association of American Colleges as endorsed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association for Higher Education, the National Education Association, and other professional groups.
“The faculty member is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of results, subject to the adequate performance of academic duties, but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution. The faculty member is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing subjects, but should be careful not to introduce controversial matter which has no relation to the subject. The faculty member is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When he/she speaks or writes as a citizen, he/she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but this special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning and an educational officer, he/she should remember that the public may judge the profession and the institution by his/her utterances. Hence he/she should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that he/she is not an institutional spokesperson”.
The Board of Trustees delegates to the president or designee the responsibility to develop and implement procedures which will ensure academic freedom and tenure.


See Clark College/Association of Higher Education (CC/AHE) agreement.