University of Iowa Faculty Senate Statement on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom

Monday, May 6, 2019

Freedom of expression and academic freedom are bedrock principles critical to our educational mission. They promote intellectual development and advance cultural and intellectual inclusiveness.  

Freedom of expression and academic freedom allow our students and faculty to explore new ideas and challenge accepted wisdom--to teach and learn without fear that unpopular ideas will be stifled, or divergent viewpoints suppressed.  Over the past two years, the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Values worked to create a statement of our principles on free expression and academic freedom.  This work culminated in the Faculty Senate Statement on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom, which was approved by the senate on April 23, 2019.