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Academic Freedom

This guide is designed to provide basic information about the concept of Academic Freedom and resources for further information.

CAL Academic Freedom Lecture Series











Is Academic Freedom in Crisis? Can it be Saved?

Throughout the academic year of 2022-2023, San Diego State University’s College of Arts and Letters (CAL) will convene a series of events aimed at reflecting on both the purported value of academic freedom and the broader debates it has inspired on college campuses and beyond. CAL will host a series of distinguished experts, reflecting a diversity of perspectives on the topic. All events will be in-person and Zoom accessible.

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AAUP Statement on Academic Freedom

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

The AAUP definition of academic freedom includes:

"Academic freedom is the indispensable requisite for unfettered teaching and research in institutions of higher education. As the academic community's core policy document states, "institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition"