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
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.
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.
CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom. Therefore it has a duty to intervene further to the tabling of Private Member’s Bill 234, an Act to amend the Charter of the Université de Montréal.
CAUT Submission Concerning the Modernization of Labour Standards Under the Canada Labour Code (January 2018)
CAUT would like to see the federal labour code amended to address the growing inequality among workers by making improvements to the Canada Labour Code.
Bill C-59, while addressing many of the concerns raised by the previous anti-terrorism legislation, needs further amendments in order to better safeguard both the security and civil liberties of Canadians.
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.
In March 2015, Canada and the United States signed the Agreement on Land, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance, which required new legislation to be implemented in both countries.
CAUT members create copyrighted material, including course content, journal articles and textbooks – in traditional and new media forms. CAUT understands the importance of protecting creators' rights in these works and through the collective bargaining process.
The Liberal government has laid out a vision for jobs and growth - focusing on skills development, innovation and infrastructure investment. Achieving this will require deeper action to strengthen post-secondary education and research.