The Office of the Provost has developed a website devoted to Academic Freedom as a resource for UO faculty. Academic Freedom enables a faculty member to research and teach without fear of interference or reprisals from potentially coercive forces, whether extramural or intramural, within established legal and ethical bounds.
NEW! The document is designed to assist university employees and the university community in general in responding to situations in which a faculty member is targeted by individuals or groups outside of the university based on the content of the employee’s service, scholarship, teaching, and more.
A message from the Provost's Office
Academic freedom enables a faculty member to research and teach without fear of interference or reprisals from potentially coercive forces, whether extramural or intramural, within established legal and ethical bounds. Literary scholar and historian Louis Menand rightly noted that “it is the academic’s job in a free society to serve the public culture by asking questions the public doesn’t want to ask, investigating subjects it cannot or will not investigate, and accommodating voices it fails or refuses to accommodate.” Academic freedom protects and encourages intellectual risk-taking, “blue skies” research, and innovative teaching, even when those pursuits arouse controversy.
Over their time at a university, faculty members may face communication situations that are difficult to navigate. The Office of the Provost has created a set of guidelines and tips to help faculty members with the following situations:
Faculty who wish to bring a concern related to academic freedom to the attention of the University should use the "Report a Concern" form. The information provided will enable the University to determine the extent of its involvement in responding to the faculty member's concern. Please select the "Academic Freedom Concern (*For Faculty)" option in the drop-down menu.
Additional Resources for Academic Freedom
Office of General Counsel
Johnson Hall, Room 219
Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance
PeaceHealth North Building, Suite 352
Johnson Hall, Room 10
University of Oregon Police Department
UO Government and Community Relations
Ford Alumni Center, Room 312