Academic Freedom Statement
Academic freedom is that ideal which enables educators, students, and academic institutions to inquire, discover, teach, debate, and publish. The Maine College of Health Professions, as a private non-sectarian educational institution, believes that the collective freedom of inquiry must not be motivated or dominated by political or ideological mandates regarding social responsibility and institutional policy. This academic institution is committed to upholding these beliefs.
Students in this College have the right to investigate, learn, and express their individual ideas free from faculty and institutional influence. These rights are upheld for individual students as well as the collective student body. These rights carry with them the understanding that individual student members, when expressing personal views, are doing so not as a representative of the academic institution.
As educators, the faculty has the right to inquire, teach, debate, discover, and publish unburdened by internal or external influence. Further, the faculty as citizens is entitled to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. These rights carry with them the understanding that individual faculty members, when expressing personal views, are doing so not as a representative of the academic institution.
Academic freedom allows one the independence, in the classroom setting, to present and discuss material that is relevant to the course content and learning objectives.