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University Handbook, Appendix T:
Policy Statement On The Use Of Controversial Material
In Instruction, Including The Use Of Sexually Explicit Materials In Instruction

Policy Statement on the Use of Controversial Material in Instruction,
Including the Use of Sexually Explicit Materials in Instruction
(approved FSM 12-09-03)

Kansas State University recognizes that with academic freedom comes academic responsibility. To that end, students are entitled to an atmosphere conducive to learning and to even-handed treatment in all aspects of the teacher-student relationship. Faculty members may not refuse to enroll or teach students on the grounds of their beliefs or the possible uses to which they may put the knowledge to be gained in a course. Students should not be forced by the authority inherent in the instructional role to make particular personal choices as to political action or their own social behavior. Evaluation of students and the award of credit must be based on academic performance professionally judged and not on matters irrelevant to that performance, whether personality, degree of political activism, personal beliefs or based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, or veteran status. It is the mastery teachers have of their subjects and their own scholarship that entitles them to their classrooms and to freedom in the presentation of their subjects. Thus, it is improper for an instructor persistently to intrude material that has no relation to the subject, or to fail to present the subject matter of the course as announced to the students and as approved by the faculty in their collective responsibility for the curriculum.