Chapter VIII: Academic Freedom

A. Principles Regarding Academic Freedom

As a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the College of the Holy Cross has adopted as official College policy the principles regarding academic freedom formulated by the American Association of University Professors. These principles are published in the current edition of A.A.U.P. Policy Documents and Reports.

The relevant documents include the following:

  • 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure with 1970 Interpretive Comments
  • 1958 Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings
  • Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments
  • Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure
  • Committee Statement on Extramural Utterances
  • Statement on Professors and Political Activity
  • Academic Freedom and Artistic Expression
  • Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes
  • Collegiality as a Criterion for Faculty Evaluation
  • The “Limitations” Clause in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure: Some Operating Guidelines
  • Academic Freedom and Electronic Communication
  • Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment
  • On Crediting Prior Service Elsewhere as Part of the Probationary Period
  • Access to Faculty Personnel Files
  • Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession

B. Policy on Speakers

As an institution of higher learning, dedicated to the pursuit of truth wherever it may be found, the College encourages free access to ideas, as a matter of policy. Accordingly, the College shall extend its hospitality to any speaker invited by a recognized campus organization or department.