MPC Academic Senate

October 5, 2006


Board Policy Revision:

The Role of the Academic Senate



Board Policy is being reviewed this year. The Academic Senate will eventually look at the existing Board Policy on Academic Freedom and possibly others. At this time we’ll discuss how the Academic Senate fits into this campus-wide effort.


Board Policy and Procedure Review Process as approved by the College Council on 9-19-06:


Board Policy & Procedure Review Process

Presented by Doug Garrison to the College Council

September 19, 2006


President informs PACC and refers

policy/procedure to operational units through VPs


Operational units confer w/parties to

            draft policy/procedure language


                        Draft language sent to PACC

                        for referral to constituent groups


                                    Constituent groups review draft policy/procedures

                                    and send comments to PACC; either referred to

                                    operational units for revision or to College Council


                                                College Council reviews and approves policy/procedures

                                                or sends comments to PACC for further referral

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When approved by College Council,

                                                            President forwards final 

                                                            policy/procedures to Board


PACC role – Referral and Tracking (confirmation of constituent review)

College Council role – Review & Approval



Currently, the president has informed PACC and has referred, through the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bill Cochran, the current Board Policy on Academic Freedom to the Academic Senate for review.


Current Board Policy on Academic Freedom:







            B.         Educational Standards


                        3120    Academic Freedom


Academic freedom means the freedom to teach and present all sides of an issue in frank and open discussion.  Anything that is opinion should be clearly earmarked.


The College has the right and the obligation to free, open discussion of controversial issues, which fall within the broad scope of its instruction.


College instructors are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of the College.  When speaking or writing as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their position in the community imposes special obligations.  As persons of learning and as educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge the profession and the institution by their utterances, and therefore should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not institutional spokespersons.




 Reference:  Education Code 72292.

                    California Administrative Code, Title 5, 51023.

                    Governing Board Policy 5040.


Formerly Governing Board Policy 3.15.