Academic Freedom

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Academic Freedom

 

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.

 

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Academic Freedom and the Public University Conference

Building on the University’s public defense of academic freedom, we invite faculty and administrators from the PAC-12 (comprised of R1 public universities in the West) and other colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest to participate on October 14. Learn more about the conference here!

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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.

Read the full letter

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Communication Guidelines

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:

►  Deciding when to respond to critics

►  Publishing Op-Eds

►  Managing a social media presence

►  Handling media requests and interviews

►  Engaging in political activity as a university employee ​​​​​​

►  Using the university's name or affiliation

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Support Resources

 

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.

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Additional Resources for Academic Freedom 
 

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Office of General Counsel
541-346-3082
Johnson Hall, Room 219

Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance
541-346-3123
PeaceHealth North Building, Suite 352

Office of the Provost
provost@uoregon.edu
541-346-3861
Johnson Hall, Room 202

Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
vpri@uoregon.edu
541-346-2090

University Communications
541-346-3134
Johnson Hall, Room 10

University of Oregon Police Department
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 541-346-2919

University Senate
senatecoordinator@uoregon.edu
Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, 01

UO Government and Community Relations
541-346-5020
Ford Alumni Center, Room 312