Section IV: COC Programs
3.7.4 The institution ensures adequate procedures for the safeguard and protection of academic freedom.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University ensures adequate procedures for the safeguard and protection of academic freedom. At the time of adoption of the Faculty Handbook, the Faculty Senate, the University's administration, and legal counsel from The Texas A&M University System reviewed and agreed to all current policies and procedures within the Faculty Handbook that address the protection of academic freedom.
The University publishes policies on academic freedom. The Faculty Handbook, 2.1 Academic Freedom stipulates that "each faculty member is entitled to full freedom in the classroom in discussing the subject which he or she teaches, including the absence of pressure from the institution or from regulations which violate the First Amendment in insisting on orthodoxy in the classroom ...". Faculty Handbook, 2.7 C Appeals Procedure and Faculty Handbook, 2.8 C College Policy on Tenure outline the appeals and grievances process in cases of dispute, including those for tenure and promotion, post-tenure review (Faculty Handbook, 2.16 Post-Tenure Review), and dismissal for cause (Faculty Handbook, 2.19 E Discharge for Cause - Criteria and Procedure).
Faculty Handbook, 2.31 Faculty Complaint, Grievance and Appeal Procedures provides for specific procedures for faculty complaint, as well as for "free access through proper channels to the offices of immediate and higher supervisors" or other related personnel, in accordance with The Texas A&M University System Policy 32.01 Employee Complaint and Appeal Procedures. Furthermore, Faculty Handbook, 2.27 Extramural Utterances guarantees the faculty member freedom of expression in the classroom and freedom from institutional censorship, in accordance with The Texas A&M University System Policy 12.01 Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure.