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Can a Professor Require Civility?

By November 19, 2012

A new kind of "civil" rights debate is brewing at Queen’s University in Ontario.

At issue is the "civility clause" psychology professor Jill Jacobson included in her third-year course syllabus, which some view as encroaching on free speech rights. A formal complaint launched against Jacobson earlier this year has come to light in recent days, inciting a Canadian media firestorm, and the university is now reviewing the policy...