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The association representing Canada’s university professors condemned Carleton University’s board of governors Saturday for a new policy that will ban board members from speaking publicly about the meetings they attend.

The professors say the move is a violation of transparency and openness that is fundamental to academic freedom.

Saturday’s vote could eventually see Carleton blacklisted by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). The association — meeting in Ottawa this weekend — represents about 68,000 teachers and academic professionals.

Blacklisting would include a recommendation from the association that academics do not take jobs or attend conferences at Carleton.

At issue is a new policy by the Carleton board’s executive committee requiring all board members to undertake never to discuss board business publicly.

The restriction stays in place for the board member’s lifetime.

At least one board member — one of two Carleton faculty members on the board — is refusing to sign the new policy and is now likely to be kicked off the board...

Canadian university professors ‘condemn’ Carleton University board for gag order | Ottawa Citizen

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