Our Nation is deeply committed to safeguarding academic freedom, which is of transcendent value to all of us and not merely to the teachers concerned. That freedom is therefore a special concern of the First Amendment, which does not tolerate laws that cast a pall of orthodoxy over the classroom. The vigilant protection of constitutional freedoms is nowhere more vital than in the community of American schools. - Justice William Brennan, KEYISHIAN v. BOARD OF REGENTS, 385 U.S. 589 (1967)
These pages are intended to explicate the current state of academic freedom and First Amendment rights of faculty members. The exact contours and limits of controversial topics such as academic freedom and First Amendment rights are constantly being challenged and redefined; no single webpage can capture all of the nuance and differing opinions about these topics. This information is an attempt to provide a basic understanding of academic freedom. For more information, please contact the office or follow the links on the Faculty Rights and Resources page.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR RESEARCH FACULTY
ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR LIBRARIANS
FACULTY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES