JCCF releases annual Campus Freedom Index

September 30, 2014

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) has released its annual Campus Freedom Index, which measures the state of free speech at Canada’s public universities. The index awards letter grades to each university in 4 areas: university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. This year, 5 universities—Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, St Thomas University, University of King’s College, and the University of Lethbridge—were recognized as being the best universities in the country for “upholding the free exchange of ideas.” Last year, 6 institutions received “A” grades. Among student unions, the Acadia University Students’ Union, Brock University Students’ Union, Carleton University Students Association, Northern Undergraduate Students Society at the University of Northern British Columbia, and the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union received top grades. 24 universities received at least one “F” grade, with 14 earning an overall grade of “F.” 19 student unions received an overall “F” grade. JCCF News Release