Educational Policies Committee has adopted this statement with only minor editorial changes, for the reasons which follow.
Being a faculty member means being a colleague in a profession which involves participating in a profession where freedom of expression is of paramount importance to ensure the open exchange of ideas. Faculty are self-directed and, to a certain extent, determine the nature and quantity of their workload. Since tenured faculty have job security, the potential for individual tenured faculty having a less than conscientious work ethic is a possibility. It is important for faculty to maintain and strengthen standards of professionalism. A recommendation on a framework and processes for developing local faculty professional expectations and accountability processes is currently under consideration by the Academic Senate's Educational Policies Committee.