CAUT calls for UOttawa dean of medicine to retract comments about faculty expressing political views

March 9, 2017

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has issued a statement condemning an email sent by the University of Ottawa's Dean of Medicine that warned faculty against expressing their political views in public. “One of the key components of academic freedom is the right of faculty to exercise free speech without the university’s censorship or reprisal,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Historically, the majority of the most famous academic freedom cases involve professors who were unfairly sanctioned for their public comments and actions.” Robinson has asked that UOttawa ask its dean of medicine to retract his comments and to reassure faculty that no action will be taken against those who exercise their academic freedom. CAUT