3.2.1 Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

A. Purpose

This document states the institutional policy concerning academic freedom and responsibility.

B. Persons Affected


C. Definitions

Faculty is defined to include all academic ranks.

D. Policy

A UT Tyler faculty member is entitled to freedom in research and in the publication of the results of that research, subject to the adequate performance of other academic duties as described in the Regents’ Rules and Regulations. Each faculty member is also entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing the subject being taught.

As a citizen of the nation, state, and community, he/she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but the instructor's special position in the community imposes special obligations. The concept of academic freedom, therefore, must be accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility. The faculty member should adhere closely to material relevant to the assigned course of study and should exercise discretion in the introduction of controversial material.

The concept of professional responsibility includes recognition by the faculty member that the public will judge the profession by his/her statements. When speaking or acting as an individual, the faculty member should make it clear that he or she is not speaking or acting for UT Tyler or The University of Texas System. All faculty members at UT Tyler have the responsibility of familiarizing themselves with the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, particularly those sections which discuss the rights and responsibilities of faculty members as citizens and as teachers, and Section 8 describes the greater duties of institutional teaching staffs. Copies of the Regents’ Rules are available in the following locations on the campus: offices of the President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Business Affairs, president of the Faculty Senate and in the library. They are also available online at the UT System website. The UT Tyler Handbook of Operating Procedures is available online on the UT Tyler website.

E. Responsibilities

The Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs is responsible for the administration of this policy.

F. Procedures


G. Review

The Divisional Head for this policy is the Provost. This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Faculty Senate.

H. Resource Documents

Series 31004 Regents' Rules and Regulations


LAST AMENDED: 04/22/2009

AMENDED: 02/2019