Policy I-1

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(Approved: UFC, 11/3/70; Trustees, 12/19/70; Amended: UFC, 11/30/76, 2/11/86, 2/11/92, 10/3/96, 4/28/09; Trustees, 12/13/96, 6/12/09)


The central functions of an academic community are learning, teaching, and scholarship. They must be characterized by reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, mutual respect, and openness to constructive change. By accepting membership in this community, an individual neither surrenders rights nor escapes fundamental responsibilities as a citizen, but acquires additional rights as well as responsibilities to the entire University community. They do not require the individual to be passive and silent. They do require recognition of how easily an academic community can be violated.