Academic Freedom and Responsibility
Membership in the academic community imposes on students, faculty members, administrators, and trustees an obligation to respect the dignity of others, to acknowledge their right to express differing opinions, and to foster and defend intellectual honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction, and free expression on and off campus. The right of students to exercise free expression, including peaceful dissent, orderly demonstrations will be respected.The expression of dissent and the attempt to produce change, therefore, may not be carried out in ways that injure individuals or damage institutional facilities or disrupt the classes of one’s teachers or colleagues. Speakers on campus must not only be protected from violence, but also be given an opportunity to be heard. Those who seek to call attention to grievances must not do so in ways that significantly impede the functions of the institution.
Expressions of dissent are expected in any living and learning community, but this expression must not interfere with normal College business. It is a violation of the norms of this academic community for anyone to prevent the conduct of College business, including lectures, meetings, events, ceremonies, or other necessary business and community functions.
Students are entitled to an atmosphere conducive to learning and to evenhanded treatment in all aspects of the teacher–student relationship. Faculty members may not refuse to enroll or teach students because of the student’s beliefs or the possible uses to which they may put the knowledge to be gained in a course. The student should not be forced by the authority inherent in the instructional role to make particular personal choices as to political action or their own part in society. Evaluation of students and the award of credit must be based on academic performance professionally judged and not on matters irrelevant to that performance, such as personality, race, religion, degree of political activism, or personal beliefs.
A faculty member who has good evidence to suspect a student or students of academic misconduct will, at the faculty member’s discretion, consult the related parties about the case and then meet with the student (or students) to discuss the incident in question. At the faculty member’s discretion, related parties or other department faculty member may be present. After this meeting, if the faculty member’s suspicions are not allayed, the faculty member will submit a report to the Principal. The report will include a narrative of the incident and evidence supporting the charge. The Principal will typically resolve a complaint under the academic misconduct policy, particularly if facts are contested.