McMaster Policies, Statements and Other Documents
Some of the key elements of McMaster’s policies on this issue are outlined in the Summary of Policy Framework: Freedom of Expression document with individual policies and statements listed below.
Annual Reports on Free Speech
Other Relevant Documents and Resources
The Magna Charta Universitatum was signed on the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna and lays out a number of fundamental principles that are intended to guide universities as well as outline the basis of their essential mandate and purpose, including academic freedom, institutional autonomy and mobility. Although the original focus was to encourage and strengthen cooperation between European universities, the work of the MCU has expanded to include universities from across the globe.
Universities Canada, Inclusive Excellence Principles, October 2017 (reaffirmed October 2018)
Walker, J. (2018). Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression: Legal Boundaries in Canada (Background Paper). Ottawa, Canada: Library of Parliament
The links below provide a sample of the approaches taken to the important issues of academic freedom and free speech in different parts of the world. Although other jurisdictions are subject to differing legal and social contexts, such statements provide further context and information regarding these important topics.
University of Chicago, Free Expression (known as the Chicago Principles)