Intellectual Freedom - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

The University is committed to the protection and promotion of intellectual freedom within the University. This policy outlines the principle of intellectual freedom.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Affiliates – Visiting Academics, Academic Title-Holders, Industry Fellows, Emeritus Professor, Adjunct and Honorary title-holders and Conjoint appointments.

Enterprise AgreementThe University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014 - 2017

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all staff, affiliates and volunteers at the University and operates and is applied in accordance with the Enterprise Agreement.

4. Policy Statement

The University of Queensland is committed to the protection and promotion of intellectual and academic freedom within the University. These freedoms will be scrupulously observed at The University of Queensland.

Intellectual freedom includes the rights of all staff, affiliates and volunteers to:

(a) hold and express opinions about the operations of the University and higher education policy more generally;

(b) pursue critical and open inquiry and (where appropriate) to teach, assess, develop curricula, publish and research;

(c) participate, in a personal capacity, in public debates about political and social issues;

(d) if appropriate, participate in public debates as a recognised expert or as a person with recognised specialist knowledge;

(e) Participate, in a personal capacity, in professional and representative bodies including industrial associations and to engage in community service without fear of harassment, intimidation or unfair treatment;

(f) express unpopular or controversial views, although this does not mean the right to harass, vilify or intimidate other persons or to demean alternative points of view.

Staff, affiliates and volunteers must not suffer any penalties because of the exercise of these rights. Notwithstanding the rights created under this policy, staff, affiliates and volunteers remain at all times subject to the law, the terms of their engagement with the University and the University’s policies and procedures including the Code of Conduct.

In the exercise of intellectual freedom, staff, affiliates and volunteers will observe the University Code of Conduct, act in a professional and ethical manner and will not harass, vilify, intimidate or defame the institution or its staff. Furthermore, in exercising their freedom to carry out research, academic staff have a responsibility to conduct it in accordance with the principles of intellectual rigour, scientific enquiry and research ethics without any interference or suppression.

Chief Human Resources Officer Dr Al Jury
Chief Human Resources Officer Dr Al Jury