Writings & Statements

Submission to the Advisory Group on Professional/Managerial (PM) Staff Roles Administering Professional Experiential Education Programs  

Members of the University community who deliver professional experiential educational programs have a right to academic freedom, which is defined as the freedom to examine, question, teach and learn, and the right to investigate, speculate and comment without reference to prescribed doctrine, as well as the right to criticize the University and society at large.

Freedom of Expression and the Cromwell Inquiry

The University has consistently maintained that only academics and librarians are protected by freedom of speech, and not clinical directors or other non-academic personnel. This view was echoed in the Cromwell Report on the Azarova de-hiring. It is manifestly incorrect. Governing Council’s “Statement on Freedom of Speech”, of which senior University administrators must be aware, extends freedom of speech to all University constituents. Why the University continues to promulgate this palpable and overriding error remains an ongoing mystery.
By Professor Jeffrey G. MacIntosh

Academic Freedom and Anti-Racism

As a Black faculty member at the University of Toronto who is outraged by the University administration’s actions in the Law School scandal, I was glad to read Masha Gessen’s recent analysis of it in the New Yorker. Most of it is excellent, highlighting core issues of human rights, donor influence and academic freedom that make this scandal so complicated and important. The more I thought about it, though, the more discomfited I became. My discomfort, I think, has everything to do with race…

By Dr. Melanie Newton

Remembrance of Things Not Past

The scandal in the University of Toronto Law Faculty shows us the doom of repeated history.   
Twenty five years ago on May 24, 1996, my colleagues and I entered a struggle for academic freedom at U of T Medicine confronting the power of a billionaire donor to the University.  A few years later the scandal of Dr. David Healy, even more closely paralleling that of Dr Valentina Azarova, broke. Both controversies raged for years; in my case it never ended…

By Dr. Nancy Oliveiri