U of T to withhold some fees from UTGSU due to discriminatory action

University of Toronto Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr has announced that some fees will be withheld from the U of T’s Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) after a dispute about the union’s Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS) caucus. The caucus, which was made permanent in 2019, was protested by graduate student Chaim Katz, who lodged a complaint against the caucus for being discriminatory. The Complaint and Resolution Council for Student Societies (CRCSS) at the institution found that the GSU was discriminating based on nationality by funding BDS, and Regehr reports that UTGSU has had a year to implement the CRCSS’s ruling. U of T will be withholding $10,918, which is the amount of funds that would have been allocated to the BDS caucus. The institution has asserted that the UTGSU must uphold the university’s Statement on Freedom of Speech and that members must be free to participate in all the society’s activities without fear of discrimination. U of T| B’nai Brith Canada| The Varsity Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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