What is Academic Freedom?
Academic freedom is the First Amendment free speech principle applied in the scholarship and teaching setting. Academic freedom ensures:
- freedom of inquiry and research
- freedom of expression in the pursuit of academic publication
- the provocation of debate and thought in the pursuit of teaching
Academic freedom protects the legitimate development and exploration of ideas in the academic environment by a university faculty member, made in furtherance of the institution’s educational mission, but free from any political, cultural, and organizational intimidation.
Academic freedom gives the faculty member the full range of motion in academic viewpoints and in discussing matters – sometimes controversial and emotion-filled – in academic pursuit, and in stirring the mind and engaging civil discourse and debate.
You can read the preamble to the Boise State Faculty Constitution, which also discusses the concept of academic freedom.