ATMU POLICY #3: Academic Freedom

American Tech and Management University, Inc. (ATMU) advocates and supports its commitment to academic freedom. The University is dedicated to the search for truth and its dissemination. Board Directors, administrators, faculty, staff and students of the University recognize and acknowledge that facts and truth are the primary concern. They also recognize and acknowledge that professional integrity requires the protection of freedom for all constituents, in particular the faculty and students, in order to examine all pertinent data or information, question assumptions and to be guided by the evidence.

Academic freedom is defined as the essential right of faculty and students to seek the truth, inquire and freely express intellectual pursuits within a framework of critical assessment and appraisal. This basic right will be exercised by the faculty in their roles and performance of responsibilities.

All instructors and all students are allowed to have full freedom in research and in publication, except researching or teaching with pecuniary purpose from an external source. It is also considered as academic performance.

Academic freedom for instructors includes the right to evaluate and grade the academic performance of students.

Academic freedom for students includes the right to be evaluated and graded fairly, transparently and competently. Punitive grading is not accepted except for justifiable cause such as when a student is found guilty of cheating or plagiarism.

Both instructors and students have freedom to express opinions about the topic, material offered in their courses. However, they should not discuss controversial matter that has no relation to their subjects. Students have the right to disagree with the content and/or the teaching method of the class and request a change. However, this does not mean that students have a right to disturb the ongoing class or to avoid doing assignments and projects.

It is not inappropriate for an instructor and a student to meet outside the classroom to share their views about different topics. However, they should explore appropriate and applicable ways to discuss related subject matter within the content and context of the classroom.

Academic freedom means having the right for a student to pursue appropriate actions against an instructor by filing a formal complaint based on grounds of incompetence and/or unprofessional or unethical behavior. An Instructor also has right to pursue appropriate disciplinary actions against a student based on grounds of classroom disruption, destruction or unethical behavior.

Students from all levels and disciplines have the right to receive quality presentation and teaching of philosophies related to their disciplines. However, it does not mean that instructor has to give equal weight to all theories to students from different disciplines or level.

Instructors are free to express individual opinions (oral or written), free from any censorship or discipline, provided they clearly indicate that they do not speak for or on behalf of ATMU.

Instructors, staff and students shall be free to associate through membership in professional, political, religious, fraternal, and social organizations of their choosing, provided they clearly indicate that they do not speak for or on behalf of the University. The ATMU adjudication process shall be used to protect individual rights and the integrity and sustainability of the University and resolve any disagreement between the student, instructor, staff and the University regarding their exercise of academic freedom.

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