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Academic freedom

BY SHANNON DEA | September 15 2021

Even when it doesn’t improperly interfere in academic searches and tenure files, some kinds of donor funding routinely threaten academic freedom in a range of ways.

BY YVES LABERGE | August 10 2021

Academic freedom means academics can reflect on any topic, but can they fuel racist thinking?


Instead of having mediated debates, faculty and students need to set aside their differences and decide among themselves what should be covered under academic freedom.

BY SHANNON DEA | April 16 2021

Academic staff are not only employees; they are also the ‘collegium’ charged with the academic governance of universities.

BY SHANNON DEA | February 08 2021

When we invoke academic freedom as a way of defending our own peccadillos, we render universities into petty fiefdoms and academic freedom into a bludgeon.

BY SHANNON DEA | December 15 2020

An examination of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.

BY SHANNON DEA | October 30 2020

What ever happened to students’ academic freedom?

BY BRIAN BIRD | October 29 2020

The notion that universities exist, first and foremost, to discover and impart knowledge is no longer in vogue. That’s a tragedy.

BY SHANNON DEA | September 14 2020

It is an adjustment when an academic becomes a senior administrator, as they don’t have the same academic freedoms they did as professors.

BY SHANNON DEA | August 21 2020

Just because professors may say the N-word doesn’t mean they should.

BY SHANNON DEA | May 21 2020

A recent case that has rocked the Canadian varsity running world raises questions about which university personnel should have academic freedom.

BY SHANNON DEA | April 14 2020

Is this thing on?

BY SHANNON DEA | March 13 2020

As universities respond to COVID-19, they must be guided by their core values of social responsibility, accountability and equitable access – all of which support suspending on-campus teaching and learning.

BY SHANNON DEA | October 17 2019

Two recent cases from the U.S. throw into sharp relief just how critical institutional autonomy is for academic freedom.

BY IRA ROBINSON | October 04 2019

This definition was drawn up with great care by 33 countries, and with the usual negotiation and compromise common to all international agreements.

BY JEFFREY SACHS | September 10 2019

The definition adopted from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is alarmingly vague and easily misinterpreted.

BY SHANNON DEA | September 03 2019

Academic freedom is not merely a negotiated perk of being a professor, it is a sine qua non of the university’s mission.

BY SHANNON DEA | August 02 2019

Issues around gender identity, and transgender and nonbinary people have become a battleground for academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus.


At a panel discussion at Congress, three academics reflect on the challenges facing universities.

BY SHANNON DEA | June 07 2019

If no one listens, no ideas are exchanged. And to listen, one must be quiet.

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