The university needs to appreciate better the intertwined relationship between values, policies, and technologies with respect to copyright issues.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
Access Copyright is much like the Blockbuster Video of Canadian university libraries. At one time, it seemed indispensable. Today, it’s almost obsolete.
With this issue, my editorship of Academic Matters comes to a close. Endings also herald new directions as the editorship passes to Graeme Stewart, who skilfully manages communications for the journal’s publisher—the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Now would seem a good time to reflect on what has transpired since Academic Matters began […]
How does the ongoing constriction of academic freedom reverberate in the classroom? If academics cannot take a stand without risking formal or subtle censure, and so choose not to risk, how can we ask students to?
There’s little point in adopting a reactionary approach to the pervasive use of social media on campus. Members of the university community are deciding how social media works on campus, and they will work through the problems as they arise.
Labour arbitrators recognize there’s an important social component to academic life, within limits. Labour-side lawyer Cynthia Petersen reviews Canadian arbitral jurisprudence and how arbitrators have decided in thorny cases involving sexual harassment.
University administration proposals dealing with personal relationships have had more to do with control over, and performance management of, faculty members than with concerns about equity and harassment.
Sexual harassment policies assume that teachers have power and students don’t, argues Michelle Miller. Such policies risk outlawing consensual relationships that are “delicious, frightening, unruly” and just might reflect the excitement, even eroticism, of learning.
The nature of the current push to police the lives of professors and students provides a salutary lesson about unintended consequences.
Since sexual harassment can be in the eye of the beholder, only evidence that meets civil standards of proof, argues a university complaints investigator, can fairly decide what happened.