Institutes of Technology Act 2006

Academic freedom.

32.— The DIT Act is amended by inserting the following section after section 5:

“Academic freedom.

5A.— (1) The Institute, in performing its functions, shall have the right and responsibility to preserve and promote the traditional principles of academic freedom in the conduct of its internal and external affairs.

(2) A member of the academic staff of the Institute shall have the freedom, within the law, in his or her teaching, research and any other activities either in or outside the Institute, to question and test received wisdom, to put forward new ideas and to state controversial or unpopular opinions and shall not be disadvantaged, or subject to less favourable treatment by the Institute, for the exercise of that freedom.”.