Academic Freedom

Spring
2004
Resolution Number: 
06.05
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
State and Legislative Issues
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The California Legislature has directed the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to recognize the Academic Senate as the primary academic authority on most of the professional and academic matters addressed in SB 1335;

Whereas, The California Community College system is organized on the basis of local district control over the matters addressed in SB 1335; and

Whereas, Many of the matters addressed in SB 1335 are already codified through an interplay of state and local academic senate guidelines, district board policies, collective bargaining agreements, as well as Education Code and civil law, specifically
I)"Grading" (subsection (b)(1));
II)"Variety of viewpoints" and "indoctrination" (subsections(b)(2) & (b)(3));
III)"Visiting speakers" and "the protection of their free speech rights" (subsections (b)(4) & (b)(5));
IV)"Hiring, firing, promotion, tenure" and "the composition of committees relative to these issues" (subsection (b)(6));
V) And finally "organization neutrality" (subsection (b)(8));


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges vigorously oppose SB 1335 (Morrow) as amended on April 12, 2004; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges oppose any legislation that erodes the ability of faculty to use their professional expertise in determining course content and materials.

Status Report: 

Action was taken to inform local senates about this bill - the Bill died in Committee.