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Simon Fraser University

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The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Academic Freedom Group is a faculty-led organization dedicated to promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in research and education.

SFU is committed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge through teaching and research and is guided by the principle of academic freedom, which is defined in the SFU/Faculty Association Collective Agreement as “the right to investigate, speculate, and comment without reference to prescribed doctrine, as well as the right to criticize the University, Association, and society at large”. SFU is also governed by British Columbia’s University Act, which requires taxpayer-funded universities to be “non-sectarian and non-political in principle” (s.66(1)). The SFU Academic Freedom Group is a faculty-led organization dedicated to upholding these ideals.

Although our members hold diverse perspectives, we are bound together by our commitment to the following three principles:

  1. Open inquiry. The Group advocates for academic freedom in teaching, research, and speech for members of the SFU community and their guests.
  2. Viewpoint diversity. The Group believes that SFU should promote the thoughtful engagement of students and scholars with a broad range of opinions, skills, and experiences.
  3. Constructive disagreement. The Group encourages respectful, honest, and courageous discussion, including discussion of controversial ideas, in and out of the classroom.
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Do you believe in open inquiry? A group of courageous professors and students have come together on the Simon Fraser University campus because they believe in open inquiry, too. Will you help them? Your donation will help the HxA Campus Community at Simon Fraser University put on events that support the cause of open inquiry. As a supporter, you will receive invitations to HxA campus events, and updates on HxA activities on your campus and on other campuses all around the country.

Campus Co-Chairs

Meet the leaders building the Simon Fraser University Campus Community

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Alexandra (Sasha) Lysova

Associate Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
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Rachel Altman

Associate Professor of Statistics, Simon Fraser University
Mark Collard

Mark Collard

Professor of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
Richard Frank

Richard Frank

Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
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