Sac State University Policy Manual

Academic Freedom and Responsibility

Policy Administrator: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Effective Date: July 1, 1987
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: UMA00200.htm


The following definition of academic freedom, extracted from the 1966 "Statement of Academic Freedom and Tenure" of the American Association of University Professors, was endorsed by the Board of Trustees in January 1971 as the position of the California State Colleges.


The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of other assigned academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.


The concept of freedom should be accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility.  The University teacher is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution.  When speaking or writing as a citizen, the teacher should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but cognizant that special position in the community imposes special obligations.  As a person of learning and an educational officer, it should be remembered that the public may judge this profession and this institution by the instructor's utterances.  Hence the instructor at all times should be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that the institution is not being officially represented.