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Student Unions and Freedom of Expression on Campus. “ University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small .”- Henry Kissinger. Representation Regulation. Lesson #1. Where there is consent, back off. A.K.A.: The University of Ottawa rule. Lesson #2.

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Student unions and freedom of expression on campus

Student Unions

and

Freedom of Expression

on Campus

“Universitypolitics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.”- Henry Kissinger


Student unions and freedom of expression on campus

  • Representation

  • Regulation


Lesson 1

Lesson #1

  • Where there is consent, back off.

  • A.K.A.: The University of Ottawa rule


Lesson 2

Lesson #2

  • Policy should be actionable and limited

  • A.K.A. the Memorial University of Newfoundland, York University, Canadian Federation of Students Lesson


Student unions and freedom of expression on campus

Lesson#3 Sometimes it is both necessary and desirable to wade into the grey areas of regulating freedom of speech

A.K.A. University of Calgary, UBC-Vancouver lesson

Necessary- To support an environment of teaching and learning

Desirable- To encourage responsible and civil debate and

To preserve the conditions that allow debate to continue in the future


Summary

Summary

  • Where there is consent, back off.

  • Keep your policy actionable and limited to your mandate

  • Sometimes you will have to regulate, and sometimes you should intervene

    • Interventions of time/place/manner


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