March 24, 2017

McMaster U. dean calls censorship of Prof. Jordan Peterson “regrettable” — but there’s one problem

Rebel Staff

If you didn’t know by now, I go to McMaster University. Recently, they had a guest speaker, Jordan B. Peterson, come to McMaster.

As I reported earlier this week, that event got shut down because protesters played loud music, yelled, and apparently acted a little violent, too — McMaster is currently investigating a reported assault.

But the interesting part of this story is how the Dean of the McMaster University, Patrick Dean, responded after the event’s fallout.

According to the CBC, Patrick Dean said that what occurred was "extremely regrettable and didn’t meet the standards of open debate."

That sounds great and all, but when you look at the wider picture, you begin to realize that Patrick Dean might be saying this because the Peterson event got so much media attention.

It wouldn’t be surprising, considering that the McMaster administration never stands up to the student union when they censor those who have controversial opinions. I've seen this first hand.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms documents cases of universities censoring free speech and expression on campus, and give them letter grades each year.

In 2014 and 2015, McMaster got a B letter grade in “policy,” but a C in “practice,” and a D in “student union practice."

In other words, McMaster’s official policy on freedom of speech and expression gets a passing grade — but too often, in reality, they allow their student union to run roughshod over other people’s rights.

It’s true that other universities have worse scores, but I’m focusing on McMaster right now because I’m a student there.

There’s a simple way forward, McMaster:

Why don’t you follow your own official policy instead of letting leftists ruin the university for the rest of us?

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commented 2017-03-25 18:00:29 -0400
meant to say, we enjoy your columns , Jay. Keep up the good work.
commented 2017-03-25 17:48:59 -0400
I wonder what “special” group outnumbers everyone else in the student union! According to what I have read in the news , Muslim students are taking over student unions in universities all across Canada (and the U.S.) and free speech is a thing of the past plus according to what I have read, Canadian students are actually becoming frightened on our campuses because of these groups. SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG IN OUR COUNTRY, WITH ALL OF OUR GOVERNMENTS AND ALL OF OUR COURTS/LAW ENFORCEMENT! SEEMS WE CANADIANS HAVE NO RIGHTS AT ALL AND NEED TO BE REMOVED FROM WHAT USED TO BE OUR COUNTRY- EVEN THOUGH WE PAY ALL THE BILLS!!
commented 2017-03-25 10:59:19 -0400
@allan Peterson…it is a great allegory for bureaucracy…for policy….for ideolgical indoctrination….for anything and everything intitiated by lazyness and abdication of mindfullness.
commented 2017-03-25 09:49:52 -0400
I gave up on what is happening in our universities and colleges even primary schools ,high schools, the indoctrination of the leftist profs is so evident , it’s disgusting.
commented 2017-03-25 06:21:19 -0400
Good vid, Glenn. Can’t control what he unleashes. I like the mosaic reference at the end- parting the sea and all.
commented 2017-03-24 22:18:01 -0400
Jay watch yourself around there, you could be a target.
commented 2017-03-24 21:28:45 -0400
I’m confused…………who is the dean. Is it Mr. Dean or Mr. Bean?

Jay, I hope they will not declare you “persona non grata” at your school. Keep up the good work.
commented 2017-03-24 21:12:48 -0400
Jay Fayza for the chair of philosophy, political science, social sciences, English language and literature studies, and Advanced Logic.
Not to mention Moral Theology and Ethics.
That would make McMaster University a truly great school.
commented 2017-03-24 21:08:39 -0400
Jay! You should be awarded an honorary Doctorate at McMaster and made a full time professor with full tenure. You would be one of the most intelligent, articulate, and insightful professors at that university.
commented 2017-03-24 21:06:22 -0400
Yes, Keith Barnes, definitely close down the Student Union.
Students should stick to their objective studies (unless, of course, their professors are leftist liberal fascists… which case they should demand that the neo-marxist fascist Islamic Jihadist supporting professor be fired…….if not tried for treason and imprisoned and if necessary executed).
commented 2017-03-24 21:02:07 -0400
Can we see the moral and intellectual coward Patrick Dean fired from his position as Dean at McMaster University. Nothing less is acceptable.
commented 2017-03-24 21:01:04 -0400
Right on Jay! As I posted elsewhere, the administration is just as culpable as the fascist students.
I believe the university if it was serious about respecting free speech and respectful dialogue, has various options and tools available to to it should it choose to use them to enforce respectful, civilized behaviour on campus, from admonishments, to fines,temporary suspensions, explosion, etc. Otherwise the reputation of the university will continue to be denigrated by those for which there is no consequence for their barbaric, uncivilized behaviour. Would the president or the dean, for example, tolerate a group protesting outside his or her office with extremely loud noisemakers?
commented 2017-03-24 19:48:06 -0400
commented 2017-03-24 19:29:07 -0400
To stop this kind of thing, the first thing to do is close down the Student Union.
commented 2017-03-24 19:12:22 -0400
Mr. Fayza, I think you just blew your chance of being included on the Dean’s list when you convocate. Good job!

I have signed the J.C.C.F. Petition calling for government de-funding of universities that do not promote free speech. As posted once before, I have already gone ahead with my own defunding of my old universities by no longer supporting the alumni associations.
commented 2017-03-24 19:07:18 -0400
Jay, well said!
Walking the walk takes courage when you have mobs of young people willing to protest at the drop of a hat and ruin your reputation without hesitating for a moment. I’m glad you called out the Dean at McMaster U for allowing free speech to be quashed. There seems to be a growing number of Deans who have joined the “Hypocritical Club” on campus. Shame on them.
commented 2017-03-24 18:54:49 -0400
By the way, the assault during the protest was a smelly hippy punching someone wearing a red MAGA hat.