Definitions for academic freedom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. academic freedom(noun)

    the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions

Wiktionary

  1. academic freedom(Noun)

    The right to teach or learn freely without unreasonable interference from authority.

  2. Origin: First attested in 1901.

Freebase

  1. Academic freedom

    Academic freedom is the belief that the freedom of inquiry by faculty members is essential to the mission of the academy as well as the principles of academia, and that scholars should have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts without being targeted for repression, job loss, or imprisonment. Academic freedom is a contested issue and, therefore, has limitations in practice. In the United States, for example, according to the widely recognized "1940 Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure", teachers should be careful to avoid controversial matter that is unrelated to the subject. When they speak or write in public, they are free to express their opinions without fear from institutional censorship or discipline, but they should show restraint and clearly indicate that they are not speaking for their institution. Academic tenure protects academic freedom by ensuring that teachers can be fired only for causes such as gross professional incompetence or behavior that evokes condemnation from the academic community itself.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Schill:

    I also want to make it very clear that retaliation against those who hold different or critical views is contrary to the values of the University of Oregon, which is dedicated to free speech and academic freedom.

  2. Caroline Heldman:

    Power in colleges has shifted dramatically in recent years to the administrative side, those of us who are tenured need to use our academic freedom because we're the only ones at institutions who have power to speak out when administrations mistreat Know Your.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty one must not conceal any part of what on has recognized to be true. It is evident that any restriction on academic freedom acts in such a way as to hamper the dissemination of knowledge among the people and thereby impedes national judgment and action.

  4. Professor Freyd:

    It's the duty of faculty members to speak openly and honestly based on the extent to which they have expertise or information on a topic, our primary responsibility is to produce knowledge and to teach knowledge and that's why academic freedom is so important. If my job is to reveal the underlying truth of things and to teach that truth, if I see something that looks problematic, I speak honestly about it.

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