IN-6 Academic Freedom

IN-6 Academic Freedom

Policy Type: Instruction
Policy Title: Academic Freedom
Policy Number: IN-6


As an institute of higher learning, Green River College affirms its obligation and commitment to academic freedom.


All members of the academic community.


Green River honors and preserves academic freedom for all members of the academic community.

Academic freedom includes the freedom to read, view and listen to what one chooses, to teach without fear of intimidation or coercion, to access information, and the freedom from unwarranted invasions of privacy. Free inquiry and free discourse shall not be abridged. It encompasses the freedom of speech guaranteed to all by the First Amendment.

As members of the academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in an independent search for truth. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom.

Specific Authority:

United Faculty Coalition Collective Bargaining Agreement
WAC 132J-126-010 Green River College Student Code of Conduct
WAC 132J-155 Use of Facilities for First Amendment Activities

History of Policy or Procedure

Draft: 7-18-2018
Adopted: 2-4-2020
Reviewed by: Instructional Council
Contact: Jennifer Dysart, Dean of Library, E-Learning and Media Services, ext. 2094
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Rolita Flores Ezeonu, Vice-President of Instruction, ext. 2565