Respectful Workplace policies can present a significant threat to academic freedom. These policies typically go well beyond what is required by anti-harassment law by requiring all members of the university community to act in accordance with poorly-defined notions of “civility” and “politeness”. This Advisory replaces an earlier discussion paper and provides an overview of the development and implementation of these policies, the damage they may cause, and steps that associations can take to negate their harmful impact.
Briefs & Reports
The Liberal government delivered its third budget in February 2018. It commits to significant investments in research and science, with historic increases to Tri-Council base funding for basic research.
This report examines the policies, codes of conduct, by-laws, and legislation that govern the Boards at thirty-one Canadian universities in order to assess the representation and rights of academic staff who serve as governors.
Report of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into the Situation of Dr. Denis Rancourt at the University of Ottawa (December 2017)
Beginning in the early 2000s, the UofO tenured professor became involved with his employer in an escalating series of disputes over the pedagogy and grading of his assigned courses that culminated in his termination.