Academic freedom is where faculty and students can engage in progressive debate without fearing interference or censorship. Faculty and students are given the opportunity to voice their opinions without fear of sanction. Both groups have the right to study and conduct research on topics that they wish to explore.
Academic freedom refers to flexibility in academic decision making, curriculum and course delivery. Students may be given academic freedom in a final paper where they can choose what topic to write on. Faculty are given academic freedom in that they are able to assign grades to students in part by using their own judgement and reasoning.