Free Speech

Castleton University recognizes that the protection of free speech and the open exchange of ideas are essential to any academic or artistic community, and crucial for the activity of scholars and artists. The University recognizes its obligation under policy and collective bargaining agreements to respect the academic freedom of faculty members. This policy is meant neither to proscribe nor to inhibit discussion, in or out of the classroom, of complex, controversial, or sensitive matters when in the judgment of a reasonable person such discussions arise appropriately and with respect for the dignity of others. Castleton is a community of learners and as such recognizes and affirms that free, honest intellectual inquiry, debate, and constructive dialogue are vital to the academic mission of the University and must be protected even when the views expressed are unpopular or controversial.