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Model Academic Freedom Statute

Do you want to defend the academic freedom of teachers and students to study all of the relevant scientific information relating to evolution?

In many states teachers, students, and even college professors have faced intimidation and retaliation when they attempt to discuss scientific criticisms pertaining to evolution. This assault on academic freedom is antithetical to our traditions as a free society and to the progress of science itself, which depends on robust debate and critical inquiry. It is entirely appropriate for the government to ensure that teachers and students have the right to freely discuss the scientific debates over evolution in an appropriate manner.

On this page you will find a model academic freedom statute that would protect the rights of teachers and students to study the full range of scientific views on Darwinian evolution. In addition, you will find resources explaining why such academic freedom bills are needed and correcting misinformation about them.

If you have questions or would like to consider proposing an academic freedom bill in your state, please e-mail Sarah Chaffee, Program Officer for Education and Public Policy at

Model Academic Freedom Bill

Academic Freedom Bill FAQs

The Constitutionality of Academic Freedom Legislation

Articles about Academic Freedom Bills