Teachers critical of new free speech policy

December 20, 2018

A new free speech policy developed by Ontario’s 24 colleges is drawing criticism from teacher and faculty unions, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard. R.M. Kennedy, College Faculty Executive Chair of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, said that college administrators should have solicited input from faculty before drafting the policy. David Robinson, Executive Director of CAUT, added that the policy statement potentially threatens campus protests and demonstrations. “There’s absolutely no need for these policies, but at the very least colleges and universities should ensure that their statements don’t make matters worse. Including all stakeholders in the process of developing these statements is essential to meeting that goal,” Robinson said. Kingston Whig-Standard | CAUT