Carleton University has begun the process of developing a free speech policy. On this website you will find information about the policy. The Carleton community was invited to provide feedback from Oct. 23, 2018 to Nov. 6, 2018.


On Aug. 30, 2018, the Premier’s Office advised all publicly assisted colleges and universities in Ontario to develop and post a free speech policy that meets specified minimum standards by Jan. 1, 2019. Click here to view the Premier’s Office press release.


Senate discussed the matter at its Sept. 28, 2018, meeting and mandated a task force of Carleton University Senators, composed of both faculty and students, to create a draft policy. Senate reviewed this draft policy at its Oct. 19, 2018, meeting and presented it to the community for feedback. Community input will help to finalize the content of the policy, which will be approved and made public before the Jan. 1, 2019, deadline.

Click here to view the draft policy.

Please note, the policy does not exhaust all university policies with respect to freedom of speech and is not intended to amend or qualify university policies on academic freedom or to equity and human rights. The policy is designed to be complementary to a number of existing Carleton policies, notably:

  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy
  • Human Rights Polices and Procedure
  • Sexual Violence Policy
  • Student and Visitor Ban Policy
  • Accreditation of Student Organizations Policy
  • Booking Space on Campus Policy
  • Booking University Centre Galleria Space Policy
  • Posting Policy
  • Workplace Harassment Prevention Policy
  • Workplace Violence Prevention Policy