Academic freedom and university accountability

Roger Kerr
Vol 18, Number 2, p.100
From the idea of academic freedom we can, I believe, construct an image of the ideal university. Academic freedom flows from an absolute commitment to truth and knowledge, a commitment that is the essence of the university. To fulfil this commitment, all members of the university community implicitly accept an obligation to respect freedom of thought, inquiry and speech and to defend it from attempts to interfere with it, from within or without, subject only to the general laws prohibiting libel, slander, incitement and breach of copyright, as well as the rules of good manners. The ethos of the university should be one of uninhibited intellectual curiosity and engagement.