CAUT to revise investigations of Christian institutions

February 16, 2011

The Canadian Association of University Teachers plans to alter how it investigates Christian post-secondary institutions over allegations that professors are required to sign statements of faith. CAUT executive director James Turk says the association will no longer send a team of investigators to uncover what the targeted schools say was readily available on their websites and in their academic catalogues. "In hindsight we started out using our elaborate investigative procedures because we wanted to be fair to the institutions," says Turk. "We didn't want to say the schools were doing something inappropriate without checking it out carefully." By taking months to investigate and then releasing a lengthy report on their findings, CAUT created an air of doubt about the institutions that resulted in some parents and donors wondering if there was a problem, says the president of Christian Higher Education Canada. National Post