The instructional program at Palomar College shall be conducted in accordance with principles of academic freedom of inquiry. The educational program must encourage freedom of expression and freedom of inquiry within the framework of responsibility.
Palomar College considers academic freedom, defined by its attendant rights and responsibilities, as a vital, primary force in the achievement of the aims and objectives of the institution. Academic freedom involves inherently the following rights and responsibilities:
At no time will the inherent right of staff to use any of the normal channels of campus communication be abridged, nor will individual staff members be singled out for special prior censorship of their use of such channels of communication. It is understood that staff members exercising this right will accept responsibility for both the substance and the manner of their messages.
The college or university teacher is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When he/she speaks or writes as a citizen, he/she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but his/her special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning and an educational officer, he/she should remember that the public may judge his/her profession and institution by his/her utterances. Therefore, he/she should at all times be accurate, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that he/she is not an institutional spokesperson.
Palomar College encourages freedom of expression and the free flow and exchange of information and ideas. The College seeks to protect academic freedom and supports free and unfettered scholarly inquiry. In compliance with these requirements, the College encourages faculty, staff, and student involvement with others in support of candidates for offices or in the furtherance of other political activities.
Approved, Palomar College Governing Board – June 10, 2009