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113.000 Academic Freedom and Responsibility

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113.100 No Limitation on Exposition of Subject.

The Employer shall not impose any limitation upon a Member's freedom in the exposition of h/her own subject in the classroom or in addresses or publications. The Employer shall not place any restraint upon a Member's freedom in the choice of subjects for research and investigation undertaken on h/her own initiative. The Employer recognizes that each Member, when speaking or writing outside of the institution upon subjects beyond the scope of h/her own field of study, is entitled to the same freedom and is subject to the same responsibilities as attach to all other citizens but in added measure. Off the campus, Members enjoy the same rights as their fellow citizens to organize and join political associations and to express opinions.

113.200 Classroom Discussions Appropriate to Subject.

No Member may claim as h/her right the privilege of discussing in h/her classroom controversial topics that are not pertinent to the course of study that is being pursued. A Member's mastery of h/her subject and h/her own scholarship are necessary qualifications for teaching. Each Member shall be responsible for h/her course of instruction, which responsibility includes a statement of course objectives and the means of fulfilling them. Thus, it is improper for a Member persistently and knowingly to intrude material which has no relation to the subject matter of h/her course or to fail to present the subject matter of h/her course. The Employer and the Association recognize that it is equally improper for those outside the University community to dictate what is to be taught.

113.300 Academic Misconduct.

Academic misconduct for the purpose of this Section 113.300 shall mean the fabrication or falsification of data, research procedures, or data analysis; destruction of data for fraudulent purposes; plagiarism; abuse of confidentiality; or other fraudulent actions in proposing, conducting, reporting, or reviewing research or other scholarly activity. It is particularly important to distinguish academic misconduct from honest error and the ambiguities of interpretation that are inherent in the scientific and scholarly process but are normally corrected by further research.

113.310 Procedures.

Investigation of any allegation of academic misconduct and/or consideration of discipline resulting from any such investigation shall follow the procedures set forth in Section 1000.000.

113.400 Canceling Class or Other Activities.

Each Member shall have reasonable latitude to cancel a scheduled class or activity for reasons of presenting material more effectively or expressing the Member's conscience or conviction; but then, the Member has an obligation to arrange for a substitute or make-up instruction in a manner most convenient for all of h/her students.

113.500 No Employer Responsibility for Members' Statements.

The Employer shall assume no responsibility for views expressed by Members; Members themselves shall, when necessary, make it clear that they are expressing only their personal opinions. A Member shall make reasonable effort to inform h/her listeners or readers that the opinions s/he expresses are h/her own, not those of the Employer.

113.600 Student Access to Faculty.

A vital part of each Member's profession is h/her reasonable and ready accessibility to students since consultation with Members is not a student's privilege but every student's right.