Academic freedom encompasses the freedom to study, teach and express
ideas and viewpoints, including unpopular and controversial ones,
without censorship, political restraint or retribution. Academic freedom
allows for the free exchange of ideas in the conscientious pursuit of
truth. This freedom exists in all service areas, including but not
limited to teaching, librarianship, counseling, coordinating and all
faculty-student interactions. Academic Freedom is the bedrock principle
of all institutions of learning and must be extended to all faculty
regardless of their status as full-time, part-time, or probationary.
Faculty members have the principal right and responsibility to
determine the content, pedagogy, methods of instruction, the selection,
planning and presentation of course materials, and the fair and
equitable methods of assessment in their assignment in accordance with
the approved curriculum and course outline and the educational mission
of the District, and in accordance with state laws and regulations.
These rights and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the
faculty member’s choice of textbooks and other course materials,
assignments and assessment methods, teaching practices, grading and
evaluation of student work, and teaching methods and practices.
Approved FH Academic Senate 6/1/09
Approved DA Academic Senate 6/8/09
Approved by Board 1/5/10