Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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Carleton and CUSA freedom grades improve slightly

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) released their annual Campus Freedom Index Sept. 24 and have rated both Carleton’s administration and student union. The index aims to measure and evaluate “freedom of speech” for publicly-funded universities in Canada. It gives a letter grade to each organization for both policies and practices. “It’s a report card on how well universities and student unions are doing in terms of fulfilling their mission in upholding campus free speech rights,” said John Carpay, president of the JCCF. Carleton’s administration didn’t change from last year and received a D grade for university policies. Last year the administration received an F for practices, which rose this year to a C. “While it does have some […]

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