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November 7, 2006, Volume 53, No. 11

To: The Faculty
From: Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility
Subject: Reminder from SCAFR

The Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (SCAFR) reminds the faculty that in each school, there is an elected Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (CAFR) to consider school-related matters that appear to faculty members to raise questions about academic freedom or to indicate a failure to discharge academic responsibility, whether by individuals or by academic units. The Senate Committee (SCAFR), which is to be consulted by the school’s committee (CAFR) in the event of a claim of violation of academic freedom or responsibility, advises the school’s committee (CAFR) and the school’s administrators on the procedures to be followed in such an event (Rules of Senate, 8.b. iii).

SCAFR, established by the Statutes of the University (Article 10), also investigates and makes reports and recommendations on any matter affecting academic freedom and responsibility within the University. Faculty members greatly assist SCAFR by bringing matters of such concern to our attention and by providing us with pertinent information.

SCAFR will, as far as is consistent with privacy concerns, report on what it considers and recommends, in support of the Senate Chair’s aim that Senate Committees should make annual reports.

Communications may be made to SCAFR via the Senate Office e-mail:  (senate@pobox.upenn.edu) or phone: (215) 898-6943, or initiated directly to the SCAFR Chair, James Ross at e-mail:  jross@sas.upenn.edu or phone: (215) 898-6538. Faculty are reminded not to put confidential details into e-mails. See: www.upenn.edu/faculty_senate/acad_freedom.html for information on SCAFR members and the School CAFR Chairs.

Almanac - November 7, 2006, Volume 53, No. 11