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A place of learning must also be a venue for free thought; a university must foster (and not limit) freedom of expression for its students. One would think a university in Montreal would uphold these standards, though one of the city's most prestigious educational institutions has been called out for doing the opposite, with McGill University ranked the third worst Canadian university in upholding freedom of expression on campus.
Canada's Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) analyzed the social dynamic of campuses from across the nation in their 2014 Campus Freedom Index. Specifically looking into the ways in which freedom of speech is upheld, 52 universities were given letter grades on "campus freedom," with McGill University getting a failing "F."
Two specific instances were mentioned by the JCCF in their report, cited among "the worst cases in 2013-12." The two events were: when the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) made an exec apologize for emailing a .gif of Obama and when SSMU forced the student group "McGill Friends of Israel" to change the name of their upcoming event from "Israel-a-Party" to "Israel Peace Week."
Looks like McGill got a bad rap for trying to be too politically correct, which is hilariously ironic. Trying to please everyone and forcibly avoid controversy is just as limiting as silencing student voices in any other "traditional" means of limiting freedom of expression, it would seem.
Ranked third on the JCCF's list of worst universities upholding freedom of expression, below you'll find the full top ten list, which will at least show that McGill isn't alone in this problem.
- Cape Breton University
- Lakehead University
- McGill University
- Mount Allison University
- Saint Mary’s University
- University of Ottawa
- University of the Fraser Valley
- University of Waterloo
- Vancouver Island University
- York University
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