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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette subscribes to the joint "1940 Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom" of the Association of American Colleges and the American Association of University Professors.

The University is committed to share governance; to achieve this goal membership in the University community requires support of an active engagement in the operation of the institution, the college, and the department. Each faculty is a model citizen of that community, helping to create an environment of collegiality. Such citizenship is manifested, for instance, in assuming administrative and leadership roles and in committee work at the department, college and university levels. Institutional citizenship involves faculty assuming responsibility for improving the educational and research efforts of the institution.