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Table 5: Statements on Academic Freedom Specific to Part-Time Faculty

Accreditor Statements
Middle States commission
  • “Academic freedom, intellectual freedom, and freedom of expression are central to the academic enterprise [and] should be extended to all members of the institution’s community (i.e., full-time faculty, adjunct, visiting, or part-time faculty).”
New England commission
  • “The institution protects and fosters academic freedom of all faculty regardless of rank or term of appointment.”
North Central commission
  • None.
Northwest commission
  • None.
Southern commission
  • None.
Western junior commission
  • None.
Western senior commission
  • A “question for institutional engagement” suggests that academic freedom policies should “support a climate of academic inquiry and engagement for all members of the institutional community.”