Status and Details
This page contains information about the status, approval and implementation of this document, contact details for the Implementation Officer and relevant enquiries contact and, on the right, a brief summary of changes between this and the previous version.
Academic Freedom policy
17th December 2019
17th December 2020
19th November 2019
To Be Advised
Director, Academic Governance and Standards
+61 3 924 68408
Chair, Academic Board
+61 3 52272666
Academic Governance and Standards
+61 3 924 68408
Summary of Changes from Previous Version
- the Model Code definition of academic freedom was extended to cover all staff and students engaged in academic activities within their area of expertise
- make clear that the University does not, with the exception of defined limits to free speech, restrict or inhibit the freedom of all staff to make comment on any issue in their private capacity
- provide clarity on the limits to free speech that include: speech that is unlawful, and which undermines the duty of the University to foster the wellbeing of staff and students
- reaffirm both the freedom to express an opinion and the freedom to protest noting that respectful debate and criticism are essential elements of the core mission of the University
- make clear that the freedom to express an opinion includes opinions about the University.
*This published version varies slightly from the version approved by Academic Board at its meeting on 19 November 2019. Clause 9c was amended on the advice of General Counsel (and approved by the Chair Academic Board on 16 December 2019) to remove reference to the Privacy Act.
Clauses Amended:Policy: All