Policy on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Retirement
of the Board of Trustees of Tufts University
Academic Freedom and Tenure
Academic freedom is essential to the free search for truth and its free exposition and applies to both teaching and research. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental, not only to the advancement of truth but for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning as well. It carries with it duties correlative with rights. Tenure is a means to a certain ends, especially:
Nonreappointments Not Involving Tenure
The academic year of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, the College of Special Studies, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is from September first through August thirty first. The academic year for the School of Medicine, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is from July first through June thirtieth.
A faculty member who has retired may be considered for emeritus status upon recommendation of the respective school dean and concurrence by the provost.