academic freedom


Definition of academic freedom

: freedom to teach or to learn without interference (as by government officials)

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Defenders of The Journal of Controversial Ideas see it as a forum for true academic freedom. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 But critics say the warnings interfere with faculty's academic freedom to choose course materials and teaching methods. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa colleges get complaints over showing 'The Last Temptation of Christ' in class," 7 June 2018 Things like academic freedom and copyright ownership can come into play at that moment, particularly for graduate students. Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "Foxconn’s $100M deal with the University of Wisconsin has students worried," 5 Nov. 2018 This seems likely to limit the academic freedom that Western observers generally enjoy. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "China still having trouble staffing up its mega-telescope," 5 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, the critics’ complaint is that the gift is a challenge to academic freedom. Daniele Struppa, WSJ, "‘UnKoch’ Attacks Academic Freedom," 20 May 2018 Northeastern defended the research on the basis of academic freedom, and said the research is not directly linked to issues of immigration and detention. J.d. Capelouto,, "Petition urges Northeastern to drop ICE as co-op employer," 10 July 2018 Though convalescing from oral surgery and bouts with mental illness at Tucker’s Sanatorium in Richmond, Nell Lewis did not let this attack on academic freedom pass silently. Longreads, "Nell Battle Lewis, Storyteller for Jim Crow," 25 May 2018 The high court ruled that Marquette University should immediately reinstate former political science professor John McAdams, finding that the college failed to give him the academic freedom he is guaranteed under his contract. Ruth Ravve, Fox News, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with fired conservative professor," 6 July 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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