The Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights (SCAFFR) reports to the Academic Senate on issues related to academic freedom, faculty rights, and academic grievances. The committee keeps fully informed on the most important controversies on academic freedom and faculty rights in higher education, surveys problems of academic freedom and faculty rights at the University of Utah, and informs the Senate on these matters in its annual report.
Governing Document: University Policy 6-002, Section 11
Powers and Duties
- Investigates issues of academic freedom at the university
- Reviews, determines merit, and advises in response to grievances brought by members of the University academic community
- Hears academic freedom matters referred by the president of the university or the Consolidated Hearing Committee
- Oversees the Code of Faculty Rights & Responsibilities
- Submits annual report to the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate elects twelve tenure-line or career-line faculty members to the committee for three-year terms.
Meets as needed, at least once per semester for 90 minutes.