Article 2. Academic Freedom, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity

Section 2.1 Academic Freedom, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Section 2.2 Academic Freedom
Section 2.3 Application of Academic Freedom
Section 2.4 Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Section 2.1 Academic Freedom, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Academic freedom, equal opportunity, and affirmative action are principles to be honored throughout the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Section 2.2 Academic Freedom. The standards and interpretations of the American Association of University Professors on matters of academic freedom as set forth in the “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, with 1971 Interpretive Comments” shall serve as the basic guidelines for the maintenance of academic freedom.

Section 2.3 Application of Academic Freedom. These standards and interpretations as to academic freedom shall apply to all persons who perform teaching or research functions whether or not such persons occupy "academic positions" as that term is defined herein. No member of the faculty shall be dismissed, suspended, denied employment, or otherwise-penalized, if said action would constitute a breach or infringement of said standards and interpretations as to academic freedom.

Section 2.4 Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. In all personnel decisions, there shall be equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or handicap. Consistent with this principle, affirmative action shall be taken to seek and maintain just gender and minority group representation throughout the faculty.