Intellectual Freedom Policy

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Hello everyone,
Please take note of this update in regard to RMIT University’s Intellectual Freedom Policy.
Best wishes,
Jeff – Guest Editor of the Dean’s News

Dear Colleagues,

Last year we undertook a review of the University’s policy instruments addressing Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech which resulted in a new Intellectual Freedom Policy being drafted. I’m pleased to share that Council approved the policy on 5 March.

The new Intellectual Freedom Policy outlines the rights, expectations and responsibilities of the University, staff and students in relation to academic freedom and freedom of speech at RMIT. 

I would like to thank the many people involved in consultation and feedback on the content. In particular, thank you to the members of the Academic Freedom Advisory Group who undertook thorough collegial work to help us reach a considered and strengthened position as reflected in the final policy.

The policy is now available on WorkLife and is effective from 28 April 2020. We will share the new policy in our enterprise-wide communications channels including WorkLife, RMIT Life, Leader Life and the student website.

I would appreciate your assistance in the roll-out of the new policy by sharing it via your leadership meetings and communication channels.

Key messages:

  • The new Intellectual Freedom Policy outlines the rights, expectations and responsibilities of the University, staff and students in relation to academic freedom and freedom of speech at RMIT.
  • This policy consolidates existing provisions spread across multiple policy instruments, and more clearly recognises academic freedom and free intellectual enquiry as the foundation stones of the University as a public institution that serves communities locally and internationally as well as the public interest broadly defined.
  • This policy applies across the RMIT Group, including controlled entities, all officers, employees, Higher Education and Vocational Education students, governing and decision-making bodies

Further information is available by contacting the University Secretariat via ab.secretariat@rmit.edu.au.

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