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Policy vi: Statement on Academic Freedom

WNC Policy vi
Procedure: Statement on Academic Freedom
Policy No.: Introduction: vi

The faculty of Western Nevada College is committed to the preservation of freedom of speech through the defense of academic freedom. To this end we:

i) hold that the oversight and approval of course content is principally the purview of the academic faculty and solely the purview of the institution;

ii) reaffirm the principles in Title 2, Chapter 2, Section 2.1 of the NSHE Code, which states in part:

Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and is applicable to both teaching and research. Freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth and knowledge. A member of the faculty has freedom and an obligation, in the classroom or in research, to discuss and pursue the faculty member’s subject with candor and integrity, even when the subject requires consideration of topics which may be politically, socially or scientifically controversial. (B/R 4/02)

iii) follow the AAUP Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure:

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

2. Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.

3. College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.

Date Adopted and Dates Revised
Date Adopted February 17, 2012 Dates Revised
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