uWaterloo, WLU respond to CAUT motion regarding Balsillie School

April 30, 2012

On Friday, the Canadian Association of University Teachers passed a motion stating that it will impose censure on the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University at its next council meeting unless the universities amend the governance structure for the Balsillie School of International Affairs to ensure academic integrity. WLU and uWaterloo state that the "allegations that prompted this recommendation have no basis in fact," and that they "are firmly committed to protecting academic freedom and integrity." A uWaterloo professor who led the process drafting the Balsillie School's governance document says it provides "absolutely iron-clad protection of academic freedom...so it doesn't have to be amended." In March, CAUT issued a warning of censure against WLU, uWaterloo, and York University for their partnerships with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. York U has since withdrawn plans to partner with CIGI on a graduate program in international law. uWaterloo/WLU News Release | Toronto Star