Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility

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Policy description: 

It is the policy and responsibility of the University of North Texas (UNT) to assure and protect academic freedom within the governing framework of the institution, and it is the responsibility of faculty members to insure that their actions fall under appropriate academic responsibility, as outlined below.

The right to academic freedom and the demands of academic responsibility apply equally to all faculty members at UNT. 

Academic freedom and academic responsibility give vitality to the UNT and its mission.  As such, the academic freedom to be able to freely consider or investigate important, and, perhaps, controversial questions is essential to the education of students and advancement of knowledge. Faculty have the academic responsibility to subject their knowledge and postulates to rigorous review by peers who are experts in the relevant subject material, to have a firm foundation of their postulates in the most relevant and suitable available evidence, and to work with one another to provide the best education possible for our students.

Policy owner: VP for Academic Affairs
Policy contact: 
Elizabeth Oldmixon
Policy Director, Office of the Provost
Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Date Issued: 
Monday, September 23, 2013

Last updated: 

The passage on stewardship of resources has been consolidated into once sentence. Effective 10/31/2014.
New Policy
Created for clarification and separation from the tenure and promotion policy. Effective 9/23/2013.