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Academic Freedom and Professional Security

To ensure a program of instruction marked by excellence, the South Carolina Technical College system supports the concept of academic freedom. In the development of knowledge, research endeavors, and creative activities, faculty and students must be free to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and scholarly criticism. Faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject matter, but they shall be careful not to introduce teaching matters which have no relation to their field. Faculty and students must be able to examine ideas in an atmosphere of freedom and confidence and to participate as responsible citizens in community affairs. The Technical College System also recognizes that commitment to every freedom carries with it attendant responsibilities. The faculty members must fulfill their responsibilities to society and to their profession by manifesting competence, professional discretion, and good citizenship. When they speak or write as citizens, they will be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As professional educators, they must remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their performance. Hence, they should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking on behalf of the College. At no time shall principles of academic freedom prevent the College from making proper efforts to assure the best possible instruction for all students in accordance with the objectives of the institution. Where there are conflicts or inconsistencies between this procedure and the Ethics Act of 1991, the provisions of the Ethics Act will take precedence. Information taken from the South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education Policy 8-0-101.

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