General Policies

Academic Freedom

Academic freedom has an institutional and an individual component. Institutional academic freedom refers to the right of an educational institution to determine its unique mission free from governmental intervention. Individual academic freedom exists within the framework of the institution’s autonomy to pursue this unique mission. Therefore, faculty are free to engage in discipline-related scholarly inquiry—in teaching, learning, research, publication, and service—without undue interference or restriction, so long as it is consistent with the institutional mission and values.

On this foundation, the College affirms the following statement set forth in the 1971 Statement of Academic Freedom and Responsibility formulated by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities:

“Academic freedom is the right of members of the academic community freely to study, discuss, investigate, teach, conduct research, publish, or administer as appropriate to their respective roles and responsibilities. It is the responsibility of administrators to protect and assure these rights within the governing framework of the institution. The teacher is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing his/her subject, but he or she should be careful to present the various scholarly views related to the subject and to avoid introducing into his/her teaching controversial or other matter which has no direct relation to his/her subject. The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results there from, subject to the adequate performance of other academic duties.”

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our institutional mission emphasizes the cultivation of classic virtues and lifelong learning. We value the process of continuous learning and improvement as a way of being rather than for a specific end. Our approach to DEI honors this commitment through ongoing efforts to inspire and host a culturally vibrant community where each individual is welcomed, respected, feels valued, and can flourish. Our DEI initiatives specifically aim to increase our ability to analyze social constructs and influences from a position of shared humanity and to integrate our values and belief systems into appropriate action.

The purpose of this policy is to increase and create sustainable change for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the greater society by prioritizing it within our College community and weaving these concepts into the culture. The hope is that DEI will be not just about being and belonging, but also about translating diverse perspectives into innovation that advances society in new and beneficial ways.

“Diversity” shall mean the representation of the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.

“Equity” shall mean evaluating the institution and systems to identify and remove biases in the distribution of opportunities and resources.

“Inclusion” shall mean ensuring differences are welcomed, different perspectives are heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging.

Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity

Fei Tian College admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. In the letter and spirit of applicable laws, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, ethnic origin, or any other applicable legally protected status in the administration of its educational programs. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and state law, the College is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission and education of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities.

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