UOttawa dean of medicine warns faculty against expressing “politically charged sentiment”

March 7, 2017

Professors at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of medicine have expressed confusion and concern after the faculty’s dean reportedly circulated a memo warning faculty against making “personal or demeaning attacks on celebrities or politicians.” In the memo, UOttawa Dean of Medicine Jacques Bradwejn also advised faculty against expressing “politically charged sentiment” on social media accounts that identify them as a member of the faculty. Bradwejn said in an email to the Ottawa Citizen that the memo “was meant to remind our faculty members that they hold a leadership position in our society and that with it, comes the great responsibility to uphold tolerance and professionalism.” Amir Attaran, a law professor who is cross-appointed to the faculty of medicine, told the Citizen that the memo's instructions would not hold up if they were challenged. Ottawa Citizen