Response to the President of Dalhousie University

On October 22, the OCLA sent a letter to Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University opposing disciplinary proceedings instituted against student Ms. Masuma Khan over her postings on Facebook. The OCLA’s letter called for the repeal of university policies that use student discipline to suppress the freedom of expression of its students.

Following extensive media coverage of the OCLA’s and others’ support of the freedom of expression of Dalhousie students, the university administration today announced that it has withdrawn the disciplinary proceedings against Ms. Khan.

The OCLA sent the following email to Dr. Florizone this evening, in response to the university’s announcement:

Dear President Florizone,

Thank you for your response to our letter of October 22, 2017.

The OCLA welcomes Dalhousie University’s renewed commitment to freedom of expression and commends the university for acknowledging that its Code of Student Conduct, in its current form, denies this right.

The OCLA looks forward to Dalhousie University revising the Code to ensure the freedom of expression of all students.

Yours truly,

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA)

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