The academic freedom of the faculty is indispensable to the University in fulfilling its obligations to students, the community, and the State. The University endorses the statement on academic freedom as expressed in the American Association of University Professors’ statement, Academic Freedom and Tenure, 1940 Statement of Principles and explained in its 1970 Interpretive Comments:
- Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition.
- Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights to the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning. It carries with it duties correlative with rights.
Faculty members are entitled to full freedom in research and publication. However, publication of research results may be subject to requirements of individual research contracts and patent and copyright limitations. Faculty members are free to present relevant material in the classroom without prior censorship, but are expected to meet the highest standards of professional integrity.
Any faculty member may speak freely as a private citizen, but should make clear the views stated represent personal opinions and do not necessarily represent the position of the institution. In expressing opinions in public, faculty members should realize that the public may judge the teaching profession, as well as the University, on the basis of statements made by individual faculty members.
The University of Alabama is committed to providing and promoting an atmosphere in which employees can realize their maximum potential in the workplace and students can engage fully in the learning process. Toward this end, all members of the University community (including faculty, staff, and students) must understand that harassment based upon one’s protected status as identified in the University’s Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy Statement will not be tolerated, and that they are required to abide by the Harassment Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and Consensual Romantic Relationships Policy. The University will take appropriate action to prevent, correct, and, where warranted, discipline behavior that violates these and other related policies.