1. Purpose

Orapuh recognises the importance of academic freedom in fostering intellectual inquiry, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge. This policy aims to affirm and protect the academic freedom of employees, volunteers, and stakeholders engaged in research, education, and scholarly activities within the organisation.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all Orapuh employees, volunteers, contractors, and stakeholders involved in academic or scholarly endeavours conducted under the auspices of the organisation.

3. Principles

  • Freedom of Inquiry: Orapuh upholds the principle that individuals have the right to freely pursue research, scholarship, and creative activities without undue interference or censorship.
  • Intellectual Independence: Employees and scholars affiliated with Orapuh are entitled to express their findings, interpretations, and opinions without fear of reprisal, censorship, or retaliation.
  • Open Exchange of Ideas: Orapuh values and promotes an environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas, perspectives, and scholarly debate, even on controversial or challenging topics.
  • Protection from External Interference: Orapuh will defend its employees and scholars from external attempts to suppress or limit their academic freedom, including pressure from funders, sponsors, or political entities.

4. Guidelines for Academic Freedom

  • Research Integrity: Orapuh expects all research and scholarly activities to adhere to the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and transparency.
  • Responsible Conduct: While individuals enjoy academic freedom, they also have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with professional ethics, integrity, and the values of Orapuh.
  • Respect for Peers: Orapuh encourages respectful dialogue and collaboration among scholars, even when there are differences of opinion or interpretation.
  • Public Engagement: Scholars affiliated with Orapuh are encouraged to engage with the public, policymakers, and other stakeholders to disseminate their findings and contribute to informed decision-making.

5. Enforcement

Violations of academic freedom within Orapuh will be taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or termination of engagement with the organisation. Any concerns or complaints regarding potential infringements of academic freedom should be reported to the appropriate authority within Orapuh for investigation and resolution.

6. Review and Revision

This policy shall be reviewed periodically to ensure its effectiveness in upholding academic freedom within Orapuh Amendments may be made as necessary to address changing circumstances, legal requirements, or organisational needs.

7. Compliance

All employees, volunteers, contractors, and stakeholders are expected to familiarise themselves with this policy and uphold the principles of academic freedom outlined herein. Failure to comply may result in consequences as outlined in Section 5.

8. Conclusion

Orapuh is committed to promoting and defending academic freedom as a fundamental principle underlying its research, education, and scholarly activities. By upholding this policy, we affirm our dedication to fostering a culture of intellectual curiosity, innovation, and integrity within the organisation.