uOttawa students outraged over proposed Code of Conduct

April 17, 2008

Students at the University of Ottawa are upset about a new draft policy that would impose "harsh academic sanctions for behavior not related to academics."  The draft Non-Academic Code of Conduct was apparently prepared without student consultation and "targets students and their rights to freedom of expression, of mobilization, and of assembly on campus."  The code potentially forbids criticism of the university's administration, as well as the right to strike. In just 24 hours, 500 student signatures have been collected through paper and online petitions.  uOttawa Graduate Students' Association media release

Postscript: April 29, 2008

Now a university-wide consultation process has begun. A revised version of the code will be presented to the school's Board of Governors and Senate in the fall. uOttawa News Release