Laurentian adopts policy of institutional neutrality


Laurentian University has officially adopted a policy of institutional neutrality. The policy states that Laurentian “acknowledges the importance of impartiality and does not take political or social stances, other than those consistent with the university’s mandate or policies.” This applies to “the president and vice-chancellor, the chair of the board of governors, any officers of the university, or those to whom those persons have delegated authority to speak on their behalf.” Laurentian interim president Sheila Embleton explained that, when it comes to polarizing topics, university statements can be distracting, demonstrate preference for one side of the issue, and impact academic freedom and free speech. “[P]eace in any place of the world is unlikely to be resolved by a statement from the president of Laurentian University,” said Embleton.