ACADEMIC FREEDOM

From the CAUT Policy Statement on Academic Freedom:

 

1. Post-secondary educational institutions serve the common good of society through searching for, and disseminating, knowledge and understanding and through fostering independent thinking and
expression in academic staff and students. Robust democracies require no less. These ends cannot be achieved without academic freedom.

 

2. Academic freedom includes the right, without restriction by prescribed doctrine, to freedom to teach and discuss; freedom to carry out research and disseminate and publish the results thereof; freedom to produce and perform creative works; freedom to engage in service to the institution and the community; freedom to express one’s opinion about the institution, its administration, and the system in which one works; freedom to acquire, preserve, and provide access to documentary material in all formats; and freedom to participate in professional and representative academic bodies. Academic freedom always entails freedom from institutional censorship.

CUASA is committed to the protection of the academic freedom of our members. It is the foundation of the university and is a core principle of a democratic society. Our members enjoy protections under Article 4 of our Collective Agreement (reproduced below).

Academic freedom is not just the right to research and teach without interference, it also carries with it the right to criticize the university and to be free from institutional censorship.

Article 4 of the CUASA Collective Agreement:

 

The common good of society depends upon the search for truth and its free exposition. Universities with academic freedom are essential to these purposes both in teaching and scholarship/research. Employees are entitled, therefore, to:

 

(a) freedom in carrying out research and in publishing the results thereof,
(b)freedom in carrying out teaching and in discussing his/her subject and,
(c) freedom from institutional censorship.

 

Academic freedom carries with it the duty to use that freedom in a manner consistent with the scholarly obligation to base research and teaching on an honest search for truth.

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