U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A L I F O R N I A
BERKELEY • DAVIS • IRVINE • LOS ANGELES • MERCED • RIVERSIDE • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO
SANTA BARBARA • SANTA CRUZ
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, California 94607-5200
Phone: (510) 987-9074
Fax: (510) 987-9086
September 29, 2003
VICE PRESIDENT--AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Revised Academic Personnel Policy 010, Academic Freedom
Enclosed is revised Academic Personnel Policy 010, Academic Freedom, which is effective immediately. This new statement on academic freedom for faculty supersedes the previous APM - 010.
The previous statement on academic freedom was first issued by President Robert G. Sproul in 1934 as part of a series of University Regulations later incorporated into University policy as APM - 010. After extensive consultation with faculty and other members of the University community, I am pleased to issue this revised policy. The policy is based on the traditional cornerstones of academic freedom freedom of inquiry and research, freedom of teaching, and freedom of expression and publication. The policy establishes that faculty have primary responsibility for articulating the professional standards by which academic freedom may be sustained. I would especially like to thank Professor Robert C. Post, who is a member of the Law School faculty at Berkeley and a distinguished scholar on First Amendment law, for his thoughtful advice. I would also like to thank the Academic Senate for its comprehensive review of the proposal.
This new policy does not seek to change in any way the authority of the Board of Regents to govern the University of California, or the responsibility of the Administration to perform its appropriate role in governance. The policy is intended to be read in conjunction with APM - 015 (Faculty Code of Conduct) and with The Regents' 1970 policy on academic freedom. Although this new policy applies to the University's faculty, its issuance does nothing to diminish the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by other academic appointees. A discussion of the background leading to this revised policy is presented in a paper entitled "Academic Freedom and the Research University" appended to this letter.
Richard C. Atkinson
cc: Members, President's Cabinet
Academic Council Chair Pitts
Associate Vice President Boyette
Assistant Vice President Switkes
Special Assistant Gardner
Principal Officers of The Regents