WHEREAS academic freedom is necessary to advance all areas of human knowledge;
WHEREAS government control of university teaching and research is antithetical to the free exchange of ideas; 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 the University of North Carolina system;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Appalachian Chapter of the American Association of University Professors calls on state legislators to oppose Senate Bill 1139 because the Academic Bill of Rights proposes to remove academic expertise as the standard for decisions about teaching and research at universities. The scholarly expertise of the faculty—not the opinions of lawmakers—should continue to determine the content of teaching and research. We urge all faculty and administrators at Appalachian State University to join us in our opposition to this political intrusion on academic freedom.