Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression

Villanova University is a Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher learning that is committed to academic excellence, freedom of inquiry, academic freedom, and intellectual, spiritual, moral, and social growth.

Above all, the University seeks to reflect the spirit of St. Augustine by the cultivation of knowledge and the encouragement of freedom of inquiry; by respect for individual differences; and by adherence to the principle that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of University life.

Respecting the principles and responsibilities of academic freedom, the University encourages the open exchange of ideas on a variety of subjects, including those that are controversial. Several policies are in place to reaffirm that commitment in the context of the University’s Catholic, Augustinian character: