Status and Details

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

Status Current
Effective Date 17th December 2019
Review Date 17th December 2020
Approval Authority Academic Board
Approval Date 19th November 2019
Expiry Date To Be Advised
Implementation Officer Matt Brett
Director, Academic Governance and Standards
+61 3 924 68408
Responsible Executive Chris Hickey
Chair, Academic Board
+61 3 52272666
Enquiries Contact Academic Governance and Standards
+61 3 924 68408

Summary of Changes from Previous Version

The Academic Freedom policy was amended on 17 December 2019 to incorporate the principles of the Model Code for the Protection of Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom in Australian Higher Education Providers (Model Code). This policy is consistent with the Model Code but has been adapted for the Deakin context as follows:
- 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.

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