York University to host community consultations on Freedom of Speech Policy

People walk through Vari Hall, which is located on York U's Keele campus
People walk through Vari Hall, which is located on York U’s Keele campus

The following is a message to the University community from Lorne Sossin, Chair of the  Freedom of Speech Working Group:

The provincial government has asked that all Ontario universities and colleges have a freedom of speech policy in place by Jan. 1, 2019. In response, a working group has been established at York to consult with the University community and prepare a draft document for approval.

The working group has created a dedicated web page accessible from the homepage of the University Secretariat.

There, you will find the following:

  • the mandate, membership and resources, with an appendix linked to relevant legislation and York policies;
  • a form to share your thoughts about the initiative and respond to questions posed by the working group; and
  • a link to the working group’s Facebook page where you can submit comments.

Members of the community are also invited to attend a series of public consultations scheduled for the first week of November:

Glendon Campus: Friday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 129, York Hall

Keele Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 152, Founders College Assembly Hall, Founders College