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?