WLU launches third-party probe, TA disciplined over presentation of Peterson clip

November 20, 2017

A debate about academic freedom has arisen at Wilfrid Laurier University after a teaching assistant was allegedly chastised for airing a clip of University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson and not condemning his views outright. WLU graduate student Lindsay Shepherd claims that she was chastised after showing a clip to two classrooms that showed Peterson debating issues of language and gender identity. Peterson has been accused of uttering hate speech and transphobic rhetoric, and Shepherd says that the university disciplined her for taking a “neutral” approach to Peterson’s remarks and not personally condemning his views. The university would not confirm what was said to Shepherd, but said it had enlisted an unidentified “neutral third-party professional” to “gather the facts” of the situation.

Toronto Star