Free Speech, Academic Freedom and the Faculty

Date Released: October 28, 2016

Free Speech, Academic Freedom and the Faculty

At Morehouse College, we firmly believe in the value of a diversity of thought and approach in the process of teaching, learning and student development. Similarly, we support the free expression of opinion by members of its community, even opinions that may differ from that of the institution. The former, those thoughts and activities that are part of the student experience, are a matter of academic freedom, while the latter, those ideas expressed in the context of one’s personal engagement with the world, are a matter of free speech. Recognizing in part that, particularly in this day and age, the distinction between the two can often be blurred, we support all such freedoms so long as they do not interfere with the freedoms of others; do not create a space hostile for others to live, work or exist in our community; and do not impede the College’s ability to fulfill its mission to prepare men of disciplined minds to lead consequential lives by paying particular attention to the history and culture of black peoples.

Unless explicitly stated as such, no work of an individual faculty member—academic writing, speech, tweet, post, or other communication—necessarily represents the views of the College as an institution.

We endorse the long-standing ideals on academic freedom expressed in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors, as made in 1940 and revised in 1970. If there are any questions or concerns related to this statement and our commitment to these principles, please direct those questions to:


Last Modified: October 28, 2016, 17:10 PM, by: Kara Walker

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