Institutions of education are conducted for the common good. The common good depends upon an uninhibited search for truth and its open expression. Hence, it is essential that instgrufctors feel free to pursue scholarly inquiry without undue restriction, and to voice and publish individual conclusions concerning the significance of evidence that you consider relevant. Instructors must be free from fear of others, inside or outside the community, because their vision may differ from the instructors or threaten the instructor's career or the material benefits accruing from it.
Instructors are entitled to full freedom in the classroom in discussing the subjects that they teach, but are expected not to introduce into their teachings controversial matters that have no relevance to the classroom subject.
Kepler recognizes that instructors also serve the nation, state, and community, and when speaking, writing or acting as such, must be free from institutional censorship or discipline, subject to educational responsibility as hereinafter set out. When speaking, writing or acting according to their own conscience, instructors should make it clear that they are not speaking for Kepler.
It is the policy of Kepler to encourage freedom of inquiry, discourse, teaching, research and publication, and to protect any member of the educational staff against influences that restrict him or her in the exercise of these freedoms in their area of scholarly interest.
Instructors are entitled to freedom in research and in the publication of results, as long as any participation by students or others is openly acknowledged and permission has been obtained from these individuals for the publication of any portion of the research or report that they actively participated in.
Kepler instructors are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject. Because they are a member of a learned profession and of an educational institution, when speaking or writing as an individual they should be free from censorship or discipline, but should note that a special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning and a member of an educational institution, please remember that the public may judge the profession and the institution by the instructor's utterances. Hence instructors should at all times show respect for the opinions of others, and should indicate when they are not speaking for Kepler. At such times, there is also a potential for a conflict of interest. Please see the Kepler Policy regarding conflict of interest for more details.
All members of the community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of educational integrity. To guide execution of this responsibility, Kepler has set a policy defining educational dishonesty and the process to be followed when it is alleged, for instructor and students alike.