APS #1043

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Independent Teaching and Scholarly/Creative Work

Brief Description

This policy defines independent teaching and scholarly/creative work.

Reason for Policy

Defines independent teaching and scholarly/creative work, referenced in Article 5.B.2(B) of Regent Law.

Policy Profile

APS Policy Title: 
Independent Teaching and Scholarly/Creative Work
APS Number: 
1043
Effective Date: 
July 1, 2020
Approved By: 
President Mark R. Kennedy
Responsible University Officer: 
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Responsible Office: 
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Policy Contact: 
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 303-860-5623
Supersedes: 
N/A
Last Reviewed/Updated date: 
July 1, 2020
Applies to: 
All campuses

I. Introduction

As stated in Article 5.B.2.(B) of the Laws of the Regents, all university employees whose duties include independent teaching and/or scholarly/creative work are afforded the right of academic freedom relative to these duties. This administrative policy statement defines independent teaching and scholarly/creative work, thereby providing clarification on who has the right of academic freedom.

II. Policy Statement

Independent teaching and scholarly/creative work is defined as activity that is primarily conducted free of direct oversight by another individual.

  1. Course coordinators/directors and curriculum committees are not considered to be providing direct oversight of teaching.
  2. Scholarly or creative work, including collaborative work, qualifies as independent provided the individual is directly responsible for managing their own activity or assigned work.

III. Related Policies

IV. History

  • Adopted:  December 5, 2019; became effective July 1, 2020, with the rollout of the new regent article and policy 5 regarding faculty.
  • Revised: N/A.
  • Last Reviewed: July 1, 2020.