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The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) brings you the 2017 Campus Freedom Index, measuring the state of free speech at 60 Canadian public universities.
First published in 2011, the annual Campus Freedom Index provides students, parents, politicians, university administrators, and the public with data about the state of free speech on 60 Canadian public universities.
The Campus Freedom Index grading methodology is found here. Each university receives four letter grades: one for each of university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Using a five-tier letter scale—A, B, C, D and F—the Campus Freedom Index grades universities and student unions on their stated policies (what they say) and their practices (what they do).
With 240 grades awarded to 60 campuses, Canada’s universities and student unions in 2017 have received only six A grades. Conversely ‘F’ grades were earned 38 times—an increase of 6 over 2016.
While student unions continue to earn far more ‘F’ grades than university administrations, the 2017 Campus Freedom Index reports that ‘F’ grades earned by universities increased 71%: from seven in 2016 to twelve in 2017. By comparison, student unions this year earned 26 ‘F’ grades, compared with 25 ‘F’ grades in 2016.
The master chart of grades for each of the 60 universities and student unions surveyed can be found here.
CampusFreedomIndex.ca also enables students, professors and concerned citizens to take action and fight back against campus censorship.