V.F.1.01 Academic Freedom and Responsibilities
Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good. The following statements rest upon the belief that the common good depends upon a free search for truth and its free expression without intent to do personal harm.
Every faculty member, teaching employee, and employee's family member is also entitled to speak or write as a citizen of the nation, state, and community without fear of institutional censorship or discipline.
The concept of academic freedom must be accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility, shared by the Board, faculty, professional and support staff.
The fundamental responsibilities of a faculty member as a teacher and scholar include a maintenance of competency in the field of specialization through continued professional development and demonstration of such competence in the teaching/learning environment.
Exercise of professional integrity by a faculty member includes recognition that the public will judge the profession and the institution by the statements both in public and private life. Therefore, the faculty member should strive to be accurate, to exercise appropriate restraint, to show respect for the opinions of others, and to avoid creating the impression that he or she speaks or acts for the System when speaking or acting as a private person.
A faculty member should be selective in the use of controversial material in the classroom and should introduce such material only as it has clear relationship to the subject field.
Faculty are responsible for teaching the course content based on a common system-wide set of course outcomes.
The System is committed to the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. The System will neither advance nor inhibit religion in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and applicable U.S. Supreme Court case law.
Religious groups shall be permitted to use school facilities under the same rules and regulations applicable to other student groups. The college shall not appoint or require a faculty sponsor for these groups.
The System will comply with The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as these laws apply to higher education. Employees will protect and maintain confidentiality when working with students with disabilities.
The Chancellor shall establish procedures to ensure System compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LSCS Policy Manual Section adopted by the Board of Trustees on August 7, 2008