North Carolina State University Faculty Senate Resolution on Academic Freedom

Whereas,  academic freedom is the foundation upon which the mission of discovery and the advancement of knowledge is built; and

Whereas,   academic freedom can thrive only in an atmosphere where unfettered discussion and open inquiry are encouraged and protected; and 

Whereas,   restrictions from inside or outside the university on the freedom of teaching, research, expression, and publication can actively chill or undermine the advancement of knowledge; and

Whereas,  in the recent past, there have been numerous attempts, both locally and nationally, to quell discussion of contentious and important topics in the classroom and beyond; and

Whereas, numerous protections for the academic freedom of both students and faculty alike are already substantively built into the codes, missions, and visions of North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina system; therefore, be it

Resolved that the North Carolina State Faculty Senate opposes administrative or legislative measures that would deprive faculty of the authority necessary to teach, to do research, to publish in a manner that meets scholarly standards, and to advance knowledge in an open and unencumbered fashion inside and outside the classroom; and be it further

Resolved that the North Carolina State Faculty Senate strongly reaffirms its already stated commitment and responsibility to academic freedom for students and faculty alike; and be it further

Resolved that the senate also strongly reaffirms the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ code on academic freedom, which “supports and encourages freedom of inquiry for faculty members and students to the end that they may responsibly pursue these goals through teaching, learning, research, discussion, and publication, free from internal or external restraints that would unreasonably restrict their academic endeavors”; and be it further

Resolved that this senate calls upon the citizens and state of North Carolina to maintain North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina system as open forums where the free expression of ideas and diverse views so critical to a quality higher education are expressed in a framework of scholarly inquiry and professional standards.

Resolution: R3/04-05
First Reading: September 21, 2004
Second Reading: October 5, 2004
Third Reading: October 5, 2004
Adopted: October 5, 2004