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Statement on the case of Professor Rick Mehta

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is aware that an investigation has been launched against Professor Rick Mehta at Acadia University. The investigation will examine Professor Mehta’s classroom and social media conduct, as well as consider claims of harassment against him. 

Since being informed of the investigation, CAUT has been working closely with the Acadia University Faculty Association to ensure that Professor Mehta’s academic freedom and his right to due process are fully protected.

Academic freedom is the foundational value of the university. It includes the right of professors, without restriction by prescribed doctrine and within the law, to teach and discuss. It includes their right to free expression of opinion on matters of public interest without institutional censorship or reprisal.

Professor Mehta’s case raises issues of national importance on matters of academic freedom. It will be discussed by CAUT’s Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee meeting in Ottawa this week, at which time further action will be considered.