Academic freedom

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to define academic freedom at Lynn University.

Policy

The principles of academic freedom protect the freedom of inquiry and research, freedom of teaching, and freedom of expression and publication within the bounds of professional, ethical, contractual, and legal behavior. Accordingly, members of the Lynn University faculty are entitled to academic freedom within the classroom, as well as in their research and publication activities.

The University has confidence in the educational preparation and expertise of its faculty and allows them freedom in developing course content and teaching and testing methodology within their field of study, so long as course objectives are met. In exercising this freedom, the faculty member should be careful not to introduce into instructing controversial matters which have no relation to the faculty member’s subject. The University professor is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an employee of an educational institution. When the faculty member writes or speaks as a citizen, the faculty member should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but the faculty member’s special position in the community imposes special obligations. As an individual of learning and an educator, the faculty member should remember that the public may judge the faculty member’s profession and the University by the faculty member’s utterances. Hence, the faculty member 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 an institutional spokesperson.

Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth and Lynn University faculty members are entitled to full freedom of inquiry and research and in the publication of the results. Research for pecuniary return, however, should be based upon an understanding with the President of the University.

With respect to both the teaching and research aspects of academic freedom, faculty are subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties as specified in their contract, University policies, or by their immediate supervisor.

Definitions

Not Applicable.

Procedures/Guidelines

Faculty members who believe their academic freedom rights have been violated should refer to the Faculty Grievance Policy for additional information.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Academic Affairs.

Policy updated on: Sep. 26, 2018