What they said: Academic Freedom edition

Report of the Independent Review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education Providers:

Agreements were accessed for 38 universities. Agreements for Bond University, Torrens University Australia and the University of Divinity could not be located. Thirty six of those agreements make explicit reference to the rights of staff to exercise academic
freedom and freedom of speech.488

fn488. References could not be found in the RMIT University Enterprise Agreement 2018 and the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017. 

RMIT University Enterprise Agreement 2018:

36.5 An Academic Employee is expected to support the role of the University as a place of independent learning and thought, where ideas may be put forward and reasoned opinion expressed freely while maintaining respect for and openness to others.
36.6 Academic Employees will at all times:
  (a) perform their duties diligently and honestly; and
  (b) provide a duty of care to their students; and
  (c) act in a manner that ensures the efficient and effective expenditure of University funds.
36.7 Academic Employees have the right to participate and express opinions in public debates about issues and ideas related to their area of expertise and higher education issues generally.

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6 Responses to What they said: Academic Freedom edition

  1. Sinclair Davidson

    Peter Ridd?

    Last I checked he is/was/might be an employee at JCU.

  2. Confused Old Misfit

    36.7 Academic Employees have the right to participate and express opinions in public debates about issues and ideas related to their area of expertise and higher education issues generally .

    I would think that, to be in line with the Australian law, 36.7 should be amended as above.

  3. Colonel Crispin Berka

    while maintaining respect for and openness to others.

    There’s a bit of bad news, Sinc.
    Sorry, you don’t have the right.
    Because “respect” can mean anything.

    Ridd’s EBA was easier because everything that was not specifically forbidden was allowed, and there was only 3 specific sanctions of nasty behaviour listed.

  4. A Lurker

    IPA Free Speech on Campus Audit 2018

    The majority of Australia’s universities limit the diversity of ideas on campus:

    Thirty-five of Australia’s 42 universities (83 per cent) are Red rated for policies and actions that are hostile to free speech on campus, an increase from 33 in 2016 and 34 in 2017.

    Six of Australia’s universities (14 per cent) are Amber rated for policies and actions that threaten free speech on campus.

    One university, the University of New England, is Green rated for supporting free speech on campus.

  5. Rabid Koala

    One university, the University of New England, is Green rated for supporting free speech on campus.

    Interesting. I wonder if it is because it is 6 hours from the nearest city

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