Academic Freedom

Fei Tian College affirms its commitment to academic freedom. This tradition for American private institutions of higher education is rooted in respect for truth, spirituality, social responsibility, and autonomy. Upon this foundation, freedom of inquiry and open discussion can be exercised responsibly, and this is essential in the quest for higher learning. This legacy informs the principles of academic freedom at the College, where higher learning and traditional virtues go hand in hand.

And it is from this perspective that the College affirms the following statement on academic freedom as 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.”

FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY

Academic freedom, accompanied by responsibility, attaches to all aspects of a faculty member’s professional conduct. Faculty members shall have full freedom of investigation, subject to adequate fulfillment of other academic duties. No limitation shall be placed upon faculty members’ freedom of exposition of the subject in the classroom or library, or on the expression of it outside the institution. Faculty members should not subject students to discussion in the classroom of topics irrelevant to the content of the course. In public utterances, faculty members shall be free of institutional control, but when a faculty member writes or speaks as a citizen, an effort should be made to avoid appearing as a spokesperson for the College. Faculty members should recognize that a professional position within the College community involves an obligation to be accurate, to exercise appropriate restraint, and to show respect for the right of others to express their views.