Statement of Academic Freedom

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Georgia Perimeter College endorses the Statement of Academic Freedom adopted by the American Association of University Professors in 1940, as it has been amended from time to time. Specifically,

  • 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. 
  • Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject and related material.
  • College and university teachers are citizens and members of a learned profession. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline. They should at all times be accurate, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should indicate that they are not speaking for the institution when appropriate.

In adopting the AAUP statement, the College does not necessarily adopt interpretations of the statement that are inconsistent with Georgia Perimeter College's primary mission as a two‑year teaching college within the University System of Georgia; however, the College acknowledges its respect for the experience of other academics and institutions in the interpretation of the statement.

In addition, Georgia Perimeter College recognizes that students are free to take reasonable exception to the data or views offered in any course of study, while meeting the responsibility to learn the content of the course and maintaining the standards of academic performance established for the course. Specifically, the College recognizes the right of the student to free thought and orderly free expression in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and free of coercion and unreasonable interference.

Reference: www.aaup.org

Approved by Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs Policy Council, College Advisory Board
4/2000