St. John's University is committed to academic freedom of
inquiry. Since 1968 we have endorsed the
"1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure."
This commitment is specifically incorporated into the University
Statutes and the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the
University and the AAUP-FA (CBA, Section 2.02).
St. John’s University believes that there is no compromise
whatsoever between Catholic identity and freedom of inquiry.
Similarly, these values insist upon academic integrity in all
scholarly endeavors. The heritage of all Catholic universities
coincides with the historical origin of the European University,
which developed from the medieval cathedral schools. This
heritage reflects a search for truth which is both a religious
quest and a secular aim. These aims are the root of the disciplines
of the liberal arts and sciences.