Academic Operational Policies

Subject: Academic Freedom Number: AOP 218
Issued by: Vice-President Academic Date Issued: June 2013
Supersedes: New Page: 1 of 1

Intellectual Property – AOP 235

Integrity in Research – AOP 220

Academic Freedom Statement

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Academic Freedom Policy

1. Introduction and Purpose 

Loyalist College is committed to upholding and preserving principles of academic freedom as outlines in this policy.   

2. Application 

This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students of the College. 

3. Definitions 

 Academic Freedom: in accordance with Loyalist’s Academic Regulation, academic freedom includes the freedom of research, of legitimate classroom discussion and the advocacy of alternative opinions to those presented in Loyalist’s learning environments. 

 4. Policy Statement 

All College members including faculty, staff and students, shall support and protect this fundamental principle and work collaboratively to provide an environment of tolerance and mutual respect. Every member of the College should be able to work, teach and learn in an atmosphere which is free from harassment and discrimination. 

Loyalist requires that its members exercise academic freedom responsible. Academic freedom does not relieve any member of the College from their obligations or duties inherent in the roles associated with the teaching and learning process or Ontario Human Rights policy and legislation. 

Loyalist College recognized that employees have rights as citizens however, it requires that employees make every effort when speaking or writing as citizens to clarify that they are not representing the College on matters of public interest. 

 5. References 

Ontario Human Rights policy.