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Collection Development: Challenged Library Materials

Challenged Materials Policy

The resources and materials provided by Pellissippi State Community College Libraries are selected in accordance with the Libraries’ Collection Development Policy to meet the teaching, research, and service needs of the Pellissippi State Community College community.  It is the responsibility of the Libraries to ensure that different points of view are represented in the materials and resources provided in the library collections.  Inclusion of a particular resource does not constitute endorsement or advocacy of the ideas or statements found therein.   

The Libraries adhere to the principles of intellectual freedom outlined in the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association and further explicated in the Freedom to Read Statement, The Freedom to View Statement and the Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries.  Pursuant to these, the Libraries will not automatically withdraw duly selected materials from the library collections in response to a request from an individual or group. 

The Pellissippi State Community College Policy 06:02:03 Academic Freedom and Responsibility states: "Academic freedom is essential to fulfilling the ultimate objective of an educational institution—fostering the skills for enabling the free search for truth--and applies to both teaching and research. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth, and academic freedom in teaching is fundamental to protecting both the rights of the faculty members to teach effectively and the rights of students to learn and develop the ability to think critically."

Individuals or groups wishing to challenge library materials are asked to complete the Request to Reconsider Library Materials Form below. The completed form will be submitted to the Dean of Libraries who will acknowledge receipt of the request in writing. The request will be considered by the Dean of Libraries, the Collections Librarian, and the liaison librarian in the subject area of the resource. The Dean of Libraries will make the final decision and notify the individual or group making the request in writing of the decision and any action to be taken. 

Request to Reconsider Library Materials Form