DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
RESOLUTION FROM THE COMMITTEE OF COUNSEL ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND
On behalf of the Committee of Counsel on
Academic Freedom and Responsibility, Janet Staiger (chair) submitted
the following resolution to be considered by the Faculty Council at
its meeting on October 15, 2001. The secretary has classified this item
as general legislation.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
RESOLUTION FROM THE COMMITTEE OF
COUNSEL ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY
Given current national and global events
and the importance of members of the University community discussing
these matters on campus and extramurally, the Committee of Counsel on
Academic Freedom and Responsibility submits the following Resolution.
||That all members of the University community
students, faculty, staff, and administrators be reminded
of the principles involving Academic Freedom and Responsibility
as stated by the American Association of University Professors
the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure,
||"The common good depends upon the free search
for truth and its free exposition."
||"College and university teachers are citizens,
members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational
institution. When they speak and write as citizens, they
be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but
their special position in the community imposes special obligations.
As scholars and educational officers, they should remember
that the public may judge their profession and their institution
by their utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate,
should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect
for the opinions of others, and should make every effort
indicate that they are not speaking for the institution."
||That these principles of Academic Freedom and Responsibility
be widely disseminated to the University community via e-mail and
in the Daily Texan so that all students, faculty, staff, and administrators
have these statements as guiding principles for discourse on campus
||That the members of the academic community treat
one another with dignity in both their words and actions during
the days ahead.