Policy Manual

Academic Freedom

The faculty member, as a member of the academic community, shall remain well informed of all rules and regulations pertaining to the prudent exercise of faculty rights and responsibilities. The rights and responsibilities of a faculty member are the following:

  1. The faculty member is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of his or her other academic duties; but research and public service for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the University.
  2. University faculty members are entitled to academic freedom in the classroom in discussion and delivery of the applicable subject.
  3. University faculty members have the right to criticize and seek alteration of both academic and non-academic University policies, whether or not those policies affect them directly. University faculty are free from institutional censorship, discipline, or reprisal affecting their professional careers for exercising freedom of expression.
  4. The faculty member is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and a representative of an educational institution. When speaking or writing as a citizen, the faculty member should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning and an educator, the faculty member should remember that the public may judge the profession and the University by self-utterances. Hence, the faculty member should exercise appropriate restraint, and should make every effort to indicate that the faculty member is not an official University spokesperson.
  5. The faculty member will fulfill the terms of employment, abide by the Board of Regents' Policies and the University's policies and procedures.
  6. Any faculty member or other employee who interferes with the academic pursuits of teaching, learning and other campus activities is subject to disciplinary procedures possibly resulting in dismissal.
  7. In accordance with University and Regents' Policies, a faculty member of Georgia College & State University should avoid actual or apparent conflict of interests between his or her University obligations and his or her outside activities. Specifically,
    1. Members of the faculty shall not engage in any occupation, pursuit, or endeavor that will interfere with the normal and punctual discharge of official duties related to teaching, administrative, scholarly activities, and/or service.
    2. Faculty members are encouraged to participate in professional activities that do not interfere with the normal and punctual discharge of official duties provided the activity meets one of the following criteria: (a) is a means of personal professional development; (b) serves the community, state or nation; or (c) is consistent with the objectives of the University.
  8. Recognizing that teaching, research, and public service are the primary responsibilities of faculty members of Georgia College & State University, it shall be considered reasonable and desirable for faculty members to engage in consulting activities, which are defined for purposes of this policy as any additional activity beyond duties assigned by the institution, professional in nature and based in the appropriate discipline for which the individual receives additional compensation during the contract year. In accordance with the University System policies, Georgia College & State University has adopted the following guidelines governing consulting activities of faculty members:
    1. Reimburse the institution for use of the institution's personnel, facilities, equipment and/or materials consistent with rates charged outside groups or persons.
    2. Provide a written description of the consulting activity to the President or his or her designee together with a statement of assurance that the contemplated activity would not be in conflict with the faculty member's duties and responsibilities to the University.
    3. Obtain prior written approval of the President or his or her designee.
  9. Each faculty member shall become acquainted with and conform to the rules and regulations of the University relating to that member's responsibilities. These rules and regulations shall be published and kept current in the Academic Affairs Handbook.
  10. Participation by a faculty member in disruptive activities that interfere with the orderly processes of education may result in immediate suspension from teaching duties. Such faculty member may be assigned non-teaching work, pending all legitimate appeals and decisions at the University level.
  11. A University Faculty member shall have the right to examine his/her official records as provided under state and federal law.
  12. The current policies related to faculty affirmative action rights and grievance procedures as adopted by the Board of Regents are incorporated into these Statutes by this reference.