UWaterloo issues memo to researchers, students to clarify rights, process if contacted by CSIS


The University of Waterloo recently issued a memo to students, staff, and faculty about how to respond if they are approached by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. CTV News reports that the email was intended to prepare the community for interactions that may jeopardize the safeguarding of research and that it includes guidance on researchers’ rights. “As a standard part of their work, security agencies will sometimes reach out to faculty engaged in sensitive areas of research,” explained the university. “This memo was created to help researchers understand their rights in such instances and create a transparent process of engagement.” While the message raised confusion among some students, others praised the institution for “making sure people know how to protect themselves.”

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