Missouri State University

Academic Freedom and Responsibility

All faculty members, per course included, have the right to academic freedom. This is explained in detail in the Faculty Handbook, section 2.1, p.23-24. Essentially, it is the right of scholars, teachers and students to speak and write without “unreasonable restriction”. It means that you are to be judged as a teacher and scholar on the basis of legitimate intellectual criteria, no personal beliefs, political views, religious or other individual preferences except as these may demonstrably affect intellectual and professional achievement.

You are expected to conduct your assigned classes consistent with the course content and course credit as approved by your department and the University, and according to the scheduled class meeting times. But within these constraints, you are entitled to academic freedom in developing and discussing topics appropriate to the course. Of course, it is improper for faculty members to intrude materials in their classes that have no bearing on the subject matter of course.

Academic freedom also means that you have the right to criticize institutional regulations and policies, and to try to have them changed, through legal and existing methods. You have freedom of inquiry and instruction, freedom of expression on or off campus, and freedom of dissent.

* Paraphrased from the Faculty Handbook, section 2.1.2