Giving and Taking Offence: Civility, Respect, and Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom in Conflict: The Struggle Over Free Speech Rights in the University (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Paperback, James Turk, ed., March 2014

Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 48/2013

19 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2013 Last revised: 21 Sep 2016

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Jamie Cameron

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: September 1, 2013

Abstract

Civility codes have blossomed in the wake of rising concerns about incivility in politics, the workplace, social media – in fact, anywhere and everywhere. Universities across North America have responded with initiatives that take many forms including, in Canada, civility and respectful workplace policies. It is surprising, in the circumstances, that their consequences for academic freedom and expressive freedom have not attracted much attention. This short paper explains how such policies threaten these vital freedoms and shows how the concept of expressive freedom under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be invoked to reinforce, support, and strengthen the principle of academic freedom. The paper will be published in a collection from the Harry Crowe Foundation’s conference titled “The Limits of Academic Freedom”, which is forthcoming in early 2014.

Keywords: civility, charter, academic, freedom, policy

JEL Classification: K40, K42

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Jamie, Giving and Taking Offence: Civility, Respect, and Academic Freedom (September 1, 2013). Academic Freedom in Conflict: The Struggle Over Free Speech Rights in the University (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Paperback, James Turk, ed., March 2014 ; Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 48/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2324832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2324832

Jamie Cameron (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

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