As an institution dedicated to learning and teaching, John F. Kennedy University is committed to the principle of free expression and exploration of ideas in an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect. The University therefore also embraces the related principle that all members of its community – faculty, staff and students – shall have access to its educational facilities, activities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age. These principles guide the University’s relationships with individuals and should guide the interactions of all members of the University community.
Every Faculty member at John F. Kennedy University enjoys the right to academic freedom.
“Academic freedom” is defined as the freedom of thought and expression as is it applies to teaching, publication, oral presentation, and extramural activities. It includes the right of faculty members to choose and use materials that they deem appropriate to program or course goals in their classes without interference.
Institutions of higher education exist for the the common good. The welfare and strength of John F. Kennedy University and of society at large depend on the uninhibited search for truth and its free expression.
Academic freedom is based upon the premise that scholars are entitled to immunity from coercion in matters of thought and expression, and on the belief that the mission of John F. Kennedy University can be performed only in an atmosphere free from administrative or political constraints and tolerant of thought and expression. Academic freedom is fundamental for the protection of rights of both the faculty in teaching and the students in learning. Academic freedom is also essential to protect the rights of the faculty to freely discuss and debate all ideas, however controversial or unpopular, within John F. Kennedy University or before the broader community. The exercise of academic free cannot serve as a cause for discipline, dismissal, or non-reappointment.
Academic freedom does not include communication or material presented in class that constitutes discrimination, sexual harassment, or illegal behavior, or encourages students or others to engage in criminal or unethical behavior.