Durham vows to revise policy on political activity

May 28, 2018

The Toronto Star has learned that Durham College intends to revise and amend its policy on political activity for its employees. The announced change follows accusations from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union that Durham violated academic freedom and democratic rights in an email that ostensibly forbade employees from engaging in political activity, either on-campus or off. “You would think a college president would be more careful to respect and protect academic life on campus,” said RM Kennedy, OPSEU’s College Faculty Division Chair. In a statement, Durham responded that it “unequivocally supports the rights of students and employees to participate in the democratic process — more than that, it is encouraged.” Toronto Star