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Academic Freedom

A union contract can enhance the academic freedom protections that faculty have
enjoyed for decades, but which are increasingly under attack. At the University of
Illinois, Chicago, faculty negotiated the following robust language. (From UICUF
Contract http://uicunitedfaculty.org/docs/TS-CBA-8-16-12-through-8-15-15-copy.pdf)

It is the policy of the University to maintain and encourage full freedom within the law of
inquiry, discourse, teaching, research, and publication and to protect any member of the
academic staff against influences, from within or without the University, which would restrict
the member's exercise of these freedoms in the member's area of scholarly research and interest.

As a citizen, a faculty member may exercise the same freedoms as other citizens without
institutional censorship or discipline. A faculty member should be mindful, however, that
accuracy, forthrightness, and dignity befit association with the University and a person of
learning, and that the public may judge that person's profession and the University by the
individual's conduct and utterances.

A faculty member who believes that he or she does not enjoy the academic freedom
which it is the policy of the University to maintain and encourage shall be entitled to a hearing
on written request before the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the campus
senate. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with established rules of procedure.
The committee shall make findings of facts and recommendations to the president and, at its
discretion, may make an appropriate report to the senate. The several committees may from time
to time establish their own rules of procedure