Statement for the university community related hostilities in Iraq

PDAD&C #49, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   March 20, 2003
RE:   Statement for the university community related hostilities in Iraq

With the commencement of hostilities in Iraq, we anticipate that some members of the university community may wish to engage in various educational forums and forms of expression. The University respects the right of members of the community to express their views. Our unique societal role in guarding the principles of freedom of inquiry and free speech were addressed in a recent memorandum (PDAD&C #44). The University also recognizes that other members of our community will want to continue with their educational and scholarly activities.

Students may wish to be excused from classes, tutorials or tests to participate in forums or other activities regarding the current conflict. As with any type of extracurricular or personal conflict with a class, we expect faculty members to be reasonable and understanding. We expect that the process by which students and faculty members resolve these matters should be the same as any other circumstance when a student needs to be absent. Students are responsible for completing the assignments and tests in the courses. Faculty members remain responsible for the overall content of their courses.