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Community Colleges and Universities Have Academic Freedom Policies; Relatively Few Grievances Filed, Report No. 06-22, March 2006
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  • All of Florida’s public community colleges and universities have established academic freedom policies that are governed by rule, institutional policy, and collective bargaining agreements.  These policies generally share common language and, while mentioning students, are generally faculty-focused.  While there are system-wide academic freedom rules for the state university system, there are no such rules for community colleges.
  • Student academic freedom is most commonly addressed in student codes of conduct, student rights and responsibilities statements, and similar documents.  All institutions publish their academic freedom statements in their school catalog and/or faculty and student handbooks. 
  • Faculty and students can file academic freedom grievances through informal and formal means.  However, most grievances are resolved informally and these cases are not tracked.  Formal academic freedom grievances are relatively rare and account for less than 1% of all student and approximately 9% of faculty grievances over the past three years. 
  • While faculty and student opinions and beliefs are protected by academic freedom policies, institutions have varying restrictions on campus speakers, presentations, and exhibits.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System
Board of Governors
Florida College System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-43 Technical Report: Activity and Service Fee Use Varies Among State Universities and Community Colleges, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 06-42 Student Activity and Service Fees Are Spent to Benefit the Entire Student Body, published in May 2006.

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