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After the story of a whistleblower, a Western Australian university leader talks about freedom of speech

In June, Dr. Schröder-Turk stated that as part of an agreed resolution, he and the university decided to withdraw all legal claims from each other.

Associate Professor Schröder-Turk was supported by more than 50 award-winning professors nationwide. A few months before the university did, they signed an open letter asking the university to withdraw its proceedings against him.

At a CEDA event, Professor Reinonen said academic freedom and free speech are constrained by policies, strategies and corporate agreements at universities.

“There is also a national model code for free speech and academic freedom, and universities are currently considering whether to adopt or adapt it, as the current government will consider it. Is a requirement, “she said.

“So we take it very seriously, and as you know, we may sometimes slip, but it’s not really intentional. We I absolutely believe in academic freedom and free speech. “

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Professor John Cordery, Vice President of Curtin, said it is very important for universities to encourage freedom of speech and the sharing of ideas.

“We respect that fact. Staff and students have different views on things, which is part of what enables us to survive in a changing international order,” he said. Told.

“Opportunities for people to express their ideas, critique their ideas and knowledge, and challenge the status quo. These are really important aspects of our university. We need to do it and do it in difficult times. You need to do.”

Professor Amit Chakuma, Vice President of UWA, said that freedom of speech is “one of the misunderstood topics”, especially in pandemics, and that higher education institutions that do not encourage freedom of speech are their duty. He said it was unthinkable.

“Occasionally, a situation arises rather than establishing a university … There are interest groups that I would like to talk about in favor of this, and another group opposes it and tries to close each other, which reflects the policy of the university. No, they just reflect social things, “he said.

“Some of the things we see in our city … Victoria in Melbourne. It shows that people are expressing their opinions, and our campus is no exception.

“That doesn’t mean that we don’t allow freedom of speech. When it’s all settled, we really find that universities are very good at protecting free speech.”

Professor Steve Chapman, vice president of Edith Cowan University, disagreed, saying that some universities are self-censoring and are afraid to speak about China, which could harm international students. ..

“These things are happening,” he said. “The college is doing its best to resist them, but it’s not right to suggest that we are clear as the snow driven by this.

“There are many universities that are intolerant … we are all doing our best, but we live in a world where, for example, inviting someone to a university can have serious consequences. ..

“We must be a fortress of tolerance, not intolerance, but there are no untouched records.”

Lauren is a casual journalist at WAtoday, reporting on education and general news.

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