CHARTER FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Freedom of thought and inquiry together with freedom of expression are vital to a tolerant democratic society.  We believe that citizens inside and outside the academy shall enjoy the following fundamental rights:

1.  The right to express your own opinions without being silenced or intimidated by those who disagree with you. 

2. The right to be offended by what other people might say, but to respect their right to say it – and to get over it.

3. The right to be treated as an equal irrespective colour, creed, age, social class,  sexual orientation, nationality or biological sex.

4. The right – indeed the duty – to challenge all established orthodoxies even those of the academy itself.

5.  The right to an education which is politically broad, free of  indoctrination and introduces a wide variety of viewpoints.

6. The right to be able to hear outside speakers at university who  possess a wide variety of views in a civil atmosphere and without harassment or intimidation.

7. The right to be judged by your lecturers purely according to academic ability, regardless of how greatly your political views might differ  from theirs.

Family, Community, Nation.