ACADEMIC FREEDOM &
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
What is Academic Freedom?
In the United States academic freedom is a fundamental tenet of higher education, which allows faculty members to teach, research, and pursue creative activities freely and effectively. Georgia State has one of the most diverse student bodies in the state and to ensure that we impact students positively we are committed to open dialogue as it is key to developing the next generation innovative leaders. These leaders will be equipped with the skills to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
In research, academic freedom “is fundamental to the advancement of truth.” To create research spaces that are inclusive and open to varying ideas, is to create a space where the advancement of knowledge and discovery is paramount.
These commitments have helped Georgia State become a national leader in teaching and research.
As specified in the University Statutes Article XII Section 16, all faculty members are entitled to enjoy and to exercise, without penalty for such exercise, all the rights of an American citizen as well as the rights of academic freedom as they are generally understood in the teaching profession.
What is Freedom of Expression?
Georgia State University upholds the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. In doing so, we are committed to protecting the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably.
Georgia State University is committed to preserving freedom of inquiry, expression, thought, and speech for all members of our community.
Georgia State Freedom of Speech Policy
University Catalog: https://catalogs.gsu.edu/content.php?catoid=19&navoid=2469
OIE Policy Library: https://gsu.policystat.com/policy/7439013/latest
University System of Georgia Freedom of Expression Policy (BOR Policy Manual 6.5)
University Statutes, Article XII, Section 16