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Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom is essential for the fulfillment of the educational mission of the Los Rios Community College District and for the ability of faculty members to perform their professional duties. Faculty members have the principal right and responsibility to determine the methods of instruction, the planning and presentation of course materials, and the fair and equitable methods of assessment in their assignment in accordance with the approved curriculum and course outline and the educational mission of the District in accordance with state laws and regulations.

All faculty members should: (a) conduct a classroom environment that is conducive to student learning, growth, and development; in which students are free from discrimination, prejudice, and harassment; and in which students are free to express relevant ideas and opinions; and (b) clearly differentiate to students the expression of a faculty member's personal opinions or convictions from the objective presentation of theory, fact or ideas.