A.5. Freedom of Expression

Middlebury is a community of learners and as such recognizes and affirms that free intellectual inquiry, debate, and constructive dialogue are vital to Middlebury’s academic mission and must be protected even when the views expressed are unpopular or controversial.  Moreover, as the College Faculty Handbook and the Institute's Policies & Standards Manual (PSM) statements on academic freedom recognize, an institution of higher education’s service of the common good “depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition.” (Faculty Handbook, Academic Freedom. Adapted from the 1940 "Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure" of the American Association of University Professors.)