CAUT Council censures University of Toronto

Delegates to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Council have voted to censure the administration of the University of Toronto over its failure to resolve serious concerns over academic freedom stemming from the canceled hiring of Dr. Valentina Azarova in the Faculty of Law.  

According to the CAUT, Azarova's hiring process was abruptly aborted following concerns raised by a sitting judge over Azarova’s academic work on human rights in Israel and Palestine. Facing mounting criticism, the University of Toronto commissioned an external review undertaken by Justice Thomas A. Cromwell, but whose mandate did not include determining credibility or plausibility.

Censure is a very serious sanction and a last resort. Council’s decision was not taken lightly, and resulted from our close examination of the facts of the case. Censuring an institution means that until the situation is satisfactorily resolved, CAUT’s 72,000 members, including members of UWOFA, are asked not to accept speaking engagements or participate in academic conferences at that institution, nor to accept any distinction or honour that it may offer. 

A statement from CAUT is available here