The nature of the current push to police the lives of professors and students provides a salutary lesson about unintended consequences.
Policing Relationships on Campus
- Policing Professors
- Hot for Teacher: Rethinking Education’s Sexual Harassment Policies
- Collective Bargaining and Campus Bedrooms
- Sexual harassment cases on campus: How have labour arbitrators ruled?
- False Allegations of Sexual Harassment: Misunderstandings and Realities
- Living Publicly on Campus: Social Media and Its Discontents
- A Political Pedagogy, or In Lieu of Dismantling the University
- Editorial Matters – Reflections
In This Issue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 […]