For the past few weeks, we’ve been summarizing what UNESCO, AAUP, AUCC, CAUT and University of Waterloo, respectively, say about the following features of academic freedom in their policies:
- its source and purpose
- subsidiary freedoms
- associated responsibilities
- institutional autonomy
- who has academic freedom?
Yesterday, we finished the final topic. Now, drum roll please, I present two handy documents summarizing the survey.
First, here is a table briefly covering all of the above information. It is, as far as I know, the best at-a-glance resource for academic freedom in Canada that exists.
But, wait — there’s more! I added University of Waterloo as the final organization because I work at University of Waterloo. If you are a scholar at a different institution, though, what you really need to know is what your own institution or association says about academic freedom. So, I created this worksheet for you. It includes all of the useful overview of the full table, but instead of including information about Waterloo, there is a blank column you can populate with details from your own local governance documents. As I keep saying, now more than ever, scholars need to understand academic freedom. You can play your part by digging into your own local policy documents and recording what they say on the worksheet. And if you discover anything neat, message me about it so that I can share it with others!