Academic Freedom of Faculty
IBA recognizes the importance of academic freedom for unhampered inquiry and exchange of ideas essential to the intellectual life of an institution of higher learning. Academic freedom is a right of every faculty member and every student. It implies the obligation to respect and to support the academic freedom of all other members of the Institute academic community. The responsibility for preserving academic freedom at IBA rests equally with the faculty and the administration. Academic freedom for the teacher implies the right to an unfettered search for truth and its exposition in his or her chosen field of expertise or scholarship.

Specifically, the following principles of academic freedom are endorsed by IBA:

a)Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publications of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.

b) Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter that has no relation to their subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of other aims of the institution shall be clearly stated in writing at the time of appointment.

c) College or university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As scholars and educational officers they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence, they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.

Source: IBA Faculty and staff Hand book 2009 page 28.

URL: http://iba/circulars/IBA_Employee_Handbook_FINAL_Oct2009.pdf

Keywords: Academic freedom, censorship, research