Laurentian says decision to remove prof not about academic freedom

January 7, 2016

Laurentian University has said that its decision to remove psychology professor Michael Persinger from a course does not concern academic freedom. “A faculty member cannot ask a student to sign a document, a memorandum of understanding, as a condition to take his or her class,” Laurentian Provost Robert Kerr told CBC. In so doing, Persinger violated school policy, according to administrators. “I certainly would not have forced them to sign anything,” said Persinger in an interview. “What I did do however was to ensure that if they would feel uncomfortable about my style of teaching or about the content of the course, they would have the opportunity to go somewhere else.” CBC