The issue of Academic Freedom was added to the agenda at the December ASA general meeting. The discussion was initiated due to some faculty concerns over changes to the College Examination Policy.
More specifically, on May 9, 2013 Academic Council approved the following change to the College examination policy:
All university transfer courses will have a final exam worth at least 30 % of the
final mark for the course.
3.1 Any exemption to the final exam requirement needs to have the proposed
course outline approved in writing by the Department and the receiving
institutions prior to the start of the semester in which the course is being
Some faculty feel that the College has overstepped its authority and has violated faculty Academic Freedom.
Given that most of us (myself included) have only an intuitive sense of what Academic Freedom really means, I have done some research and endeavoured to find some readings to help clairify the situation. Below you will find a variety of webpages, articles and recent news stories which address the issue of Academic Freedom.
I hope these articles provide you with some useful background and appropriate context.
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada - AUCC
AUCC - Adopts new Statement on Academic Freedom
Recent News stories
Arbitrator ruling on the firing of a tenured professor at U of Ottawa for assigning "inappropriate grades".
Jan 27, 2014
University of Ottawa Tenured Prof Fired
Student's academic freedom to learn?
York University student's refusal to work with women.
Tom Flanagan - comments on child pornography
Tom Flanagan and the Decline of Academic Freedom in Canada
Doug Short (ACIFA president) Presentation on Academic Freedom from ACIFA 2013 conference
American Association of University Professors
Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Bibliographies on issues relevant to Academic Freedom