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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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than a full-time course load and/or perform less than full-time Faculty
responsibilities shall not be covered by the rules and procedures of
Chapter III and are considered terminable at will. Part-time and adjunct
Faculty shall not have the right to vote as Faculty members.
III.A.2. Tenure Status
It is the policy of Birmingham-Southern College to adhere to the principles of academic freedom
and tenure expressed in the “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure”
agreed upon by representatives of the Association of American Colleges and the American
Association of University Professors, and subsequently endorsed officially by their respective
associations and by numerous other organizations within the profession. The AAUP Statement
reads, “Tenure is a means to certain ends; specifically: (1) freedom of teaching and research and
of extramural activities, and (2) a sufficient degree of economic security to make the profession
attractive to men and women of ability. Freedom and economic security, hence, tenure, are
indispensable to the success of an institution in fulfilling its obligations to its students and to
society.”
In the interpretation of this principle it is understood that the following represents acceptable
academic practice:
ACADEMIC FREEDOM
a.
Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of
the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic
duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an
understanding with the authorities of the institution.
b.
Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their
subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching
controversial matter which has no relation to their subject. Limitations of
academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution
should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.
c.
College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned
profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or
write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or
discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special
obligations. As scholars and educational officers, they should remember
that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their
utterances. Hence they should at all times be accurate, should exercise
appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and
should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the
institution.