The University recognizes the need to protect freedom of expression
in the academic context. Nothing in this policy can be used to limit
academic freedom, which is generally understood as the right of
academic staff to teach and conduct research (as outlined in Article
11 of the Faculty Handbook) without interference and without jeopardizing
their employment. This freedom is central to the university's mission
and purpose and is meaningless unless it entails the right to participate
in public life, to criticize university or other administrations,
to champion unpopular positions, to engage in frank discussion of
controversial matters, and to raise deeply disturbing questions
and profound challenges to the conventional beliefs of society.
Knowledge & Respect
Members of the University community have a responsibility to inform
themselves of the principles and procedures of this policy and to
ensure they do not infringe upon the rights of others to study and
work in an environment in which personal security is respected.
Right of Complaint
This policy applies when the personal security of a Member of the
University community has been violated. Complaints may be made about
alleged breaches of the policy that take place on University premises,
or during the course of any University sponsored event or activity.
In exceptional circumstances, complaints may be made regarding an
alleged breach of the policy that did not occur during a University-sponsored
event, if the consequences of the breach have a direct impact on
the complainant's course of work or study, or if the violation has
a substantial connection with the University.
When a complaint is made under this policy, the complainant shall
not be subject to adverse academic or employment consequences unless
the complaint is found to be both untrue and malicious. Any measures
taken in response to a complaint that is both untrue and malicious
shall be consistent with this policy and with other University policies,
practices and contractual obligations.
Individual Rights in Context
This policy is in addition to and not in replacement of the rights
an individual may have under law or contract. Nothing in this policy
shall limit or amend the provisions of collective agreements entered
into by the University and its employee groups.