CBA Contract: 2017-2020 AFT-SCCD Agreement.pdf
2020 - 2021 Salary Schedules (2.8% COLA July, 2020):
(KYC #6) - Question: Can I Choose my Textbooks?
Our contract language explicitly guarantees academic freedom. That includes the right of faculty to choose their textbooks:
No restraints other than those required by the nature of the curriculum shall be placed on academic employees regarding the content of their teaching or conduct of their classes.
Some departments have textbook selection committees, and sometimes the nature of the curriculum makes uniformity a good idea. These are decisions that should be made collectively by the faculty, as should the actual selection of course materials when uniformity is agreed upon. Remember that if you’re using a book you have written, you’re not allowed to profit from it.
The AFT Agreement is eloquent and unequivocal in its defense of freedom of speech, stating that “free inquiry and free discourse shall not be abridged.” Given the district’s attempts to revise the WAC provisions governing free speech on campus, and the many issues raised by that attempt, it’s well worth revisiting the Agreement. The principles it declares are inspiring:
6.9 Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights.
a. A Statement of Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights
This institution is based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. Here, we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor afraid to tolerate error so long as reason is left free to combat it.
To achieve this end, academic freedom is viewed as the freedom of speech guaranteed to all citizens by the First Amendment. Free inquiry and free discourse shall not be abridged, whether directly or indirectly, by statute or community pressure.
We reaffirm our support of academic freedom because of a sense of obligation to the community which needs our services and because of our professional responsibility for free inquiry.
Academic freedom implies not only the unconditional freedom of discussion in the classroom, but also the absence of restriction upon the faculty's teaching method. Every faculty is presumed competent and responsible until specific evidence is brought forward to the contrary. No suspicion concerning either the judgment or the goodwill of the faculty should find any place in our administrative regulations or customary procedures.
b. Academic Freedoms and Faculty Rights
1. Classroom Freedom: No restraints other than those required by the nature of the curriculum shall be placed on academic employees regarding the content of their teaching or conduct of their classes.
2. Library Collection: There shall be no censorship of library collections.
3. Constitutional Freedom: Academic employees' rights as citizens shall not be diminished or alienated as a condition of employment or retention.
4. Freedom of Association: No academic employee shall be required to join or refrain from joining any organization as a condition of employment or retention.
5. Freedom of Petition and Silence: Individual academic employees and organizations shall not be denied the right to state or refuse to state their views before any legislative, administrative or faculty body.
6. Right to Organize: There shall be no abridgement of the right to organize with others to protect group interests, or to join existing unions or other organizations for such purposes.
7. Additional Rights: Additional rights of faculty concerning tenure, a grievance procedure, and personnel records are described in detail in the basic sections of this Agreement.
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