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This procedure supports the Federation University Academic Freedom Policy. Federation University values academic freedom, which it considers a defining value pursuant to the objects of the Model Code for the Protection of Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom in Australian Higher Education Providers.
This procedure outlines the process for raising concerns related to academic freedom where staff or students may feel that Federation University is not being consistent with its statement relating to protecting academic freedom.
This procedure applies across the University, including:
- The University’s Council, officers, employees, students and other decision-making bodies, including those involved in academic governance
- Student representative bodies to the extent that they have policies and rules which are capable of being applied to restrict academic freedom
- External visiting speakers requesting Federation University resources.
- Federation University Australia Act 2010 (Vic)
- Higher Education Support Act 2003
- Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015
- National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
- Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2014
- Education and Training Reform Act 2006
- Commonwealth discrimination legislation, including the Age Discrimination Act 2004, Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.
- Victorian discrimination legislation, including the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001
A complete list of definitions relevant to this procedure is contained within the Academic Freedom Policy.
A further list of definitions specifically relevant to this procedure is included below:
|Academic Board||The Academic Board is the principal academic body in the University.|
|External visiting speaker||Any person who is not an invited visiting speaker and for whom permission is sought to speak on the University’s land or facilities.|
|A||Checking the Academic Freedom Policy||Person who wants to raise concerns relating to academic freedom||
|B||Investigate the complaint||Chair, Academic Board or delegate||
|C||Respond to complainant||Chair, Academic Board or delegate||
|A||Request use of University resource||External visiting speaker||Contact email@example.com and submit request. Large-scale complex requests may require referral to the Vice Chancellor firstname.lastname@example.org to request use of University resource outlining topic to be discussed, date, resource/s required, anticipated number of people.|
|B||Assess request||Commercial Services/Vice-Chancellor or delegate||Request from external visiting speaker is assessed.|
|C||Respond to external visiting speaker||Commercial Services/Vice-Chancellor or delegate||Written response is provided to the external visiting speaker to outline the outcome of the request. NOTE: In the event the request is denied and the external visiting speaker would like to appeal the decision, the matter should be referred to the Victorian Ombudsman.|
- Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech Policy 2021
- Bullying Prevention Policy and Procedure
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- Equal Opportunity and Valuing Diversity Policy
- HDR Supervision Policy
- Health and Safety Management Procedure
- Incident and Emergency Management Procedure.
- Media Relations Guidelines
- Regulation 6.1 – Student Discipline
- Regulation 2.2.2 Academic Board (terms of reference)
- Security Policy and Procedure
- Social Media Policy and Procedure
- Space Management Policy and Procedure
- Staff Code of Conduct Policy
- Staff Consultancy Policy and Procedure
- Staff Grievance Policy
- Staff Grievance Procedure
|Title||Location||Responsible Officer||Minimum Retention Period|
|Complaint and response||Academic Secretariat||Chair, AB||7 years|
Academic Board (as the Approval Authority) is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this procedure.
Chair, Academic Board (as the Policy Sponsor) is responsible for maintaining the content of this procedure as delegated by Academic Board.
This procedure will be communicated throughout the University via:
- A FedNews announcement and on the ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page on the University’s Policy Central website.