Invoice 32: the College of Montreal presents a quick

The Université de Montréal presented a brief to the Citizen Relations Commission during special consultations and public hearings on Bill no.oh 32, Academic Freedom Act at the Academy. In this writing, she reiterates her opposition to the adoption of a law governing academic freedom. Rector Daniel Jutras, Vice Rector for Community and International Partnerships Valérie Amiraux and Vice Rector for Strategic Planning and Communication Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens also signed a text in The duty about this when the report of the Cloutier commission, on which the project is based, was published last December.

“Like many other actors in the academic world, we believe that this law is not necessary and that the project under analysis has significant weaknesses. If the government wants to regulate academic freedom, it could include it in the Charter of Human Rights and Liberties”, highlights the dean, Daniel Jutras.

In its summary, the University explains the basis of its position. If, however, after consultations, the National Assembly decides to adopt a law to regulate freedom of expression in a university context, UofM recommends:

  • That academic freedom be enshrined in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, without the technical legislative framework detailed in articles 4 to 7 of Bill no.oh 32.
  • That clause 6 be removed from the bill. This section, as worded in the current bill, would give the minister responsible for law enforcement the power, when deemed necessary to protect academic freedomto order a university to include in its policy any element that indicates. If passed, Section 6 would provide a legal basis for unprecedented intrusions into the autonomous decision-making sphere of universities to determine how to fulfill their mission and protect academic freedom.
  • That the obligations set out in article 4 to create a supervisory board for the application of an academic freedom policy and to provide for certain contents of this policy, as well as “the measures and sanctions applicable in the event of an attack on the right to academic freedom academic” is deleted.

Freedom of expression in a university context at UdeM

After extensive consultation with its community, the University adopted a declaration of principles on freedom of expression in the university context, as well as a series of concrete recommendations for its implementation. The principles and recommendations were unanimously approved by the University Assembly, the governing body responsible for defining the general principles that govern the direction of the University and its development, as well as developing and applying the regulation on the status of professors.

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