The University endorses the statement on Academic Freedom within the 1940 Statement of Principles of the American Association of University Professors (posted at www.aaup.org/report/1940-statement-principles-academic-freedom-and-tenure).
Faculty academic freedom is the freedom to teach; to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression and to disseminate the results; and to speak or write on any matter of public concern and on any matter related to professional duties and the functioning of governance of the University. Academic faculty have the free speech right to address in any forum any matter that is of social, political, economic, or other interest to the larger community, without restraint beyond that imposed by professional standards and ethics or by law.
Statement on Free Expression and Free Inquiry
In June 2021, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors formally adopted a statement put forward by a Committee on Free Expression and Free Inquiry. The full text of the statement may be found on the UVA Free Speech website.