Last April, the Canadian Association of University Teachers Council voted unanimously to censure the administration of the University of Toronto (see news post below).
This very rare sanction was lifted earlier this month after the university agreed to re-offer the position Director of the International Human Rights Program in the Faculty of Law to Dr. Valentina Arazova. “The University presented Dr. Azarova with an offer of employment that, amongst other things, included protections for academic freedom equivalent to that enjoyed by academic staff members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.”
CAUT applauded this decision and underlined the victory this represents for those defending academic freedom. Though the general mobilization was successful in righting the wrong done to her, Dr. Arazova finally chose to decline. “Her decision, while unfortunate, is understandable given the University’s initial reaction to the unfounded and scurrilous attacks on her reputation and her research,” said CAUT.
Read the full CAUT statement.