“We believe that students have a right to a safe learning environment and should feel safe”
This happened because some people didn’t like what this professor was writing on her personal blog.
The College Fix reports:
Canadian professor suspended for ‘unkind’ blog posts, denying systemic racism
A professor at Canada’s Mount Allison University has been suspended without pay due to student complaints about her allegedly “racist” and “discriminatory” personal blog.
Professor Rima Azar, who teaches health psychology at the New Brunswick institution, also will have to undergo “equity, diversity and inclusion training” for her transgressions, the CBC reports.
These transgressions include “denying systemic racism,” “talking about BIPOC students in unkind ways” and “labelling Black Lives Matter a radical group,” according to then-president of the Mount Allison Students’ Union Jonathan Ferguson.
Ferguson said he received “multiple complaints” about Azar’s writings back in February.
In response to a student’s tweet, one of Azar’s posts read “[New Brunswick] is NOT racist. Canada is NOT racist. We do not have ‘systemic’ racism or ‘systemic’ discrimination. We just have systemic naivety because we are a young country and because we want to save the world.” Azar named the student in the post.
Mount Allison Communications Director Robert Hiscock said the two-month investigation into the matter “has made significant findings requiring action,” but refused to cite examples noting confidentiality agreements and school policy.
New Students’ Union President Charlie Burke highlighted Azar “calling out” students by name on the blog: “At the end of the day, it is unprofessional to comment on students’ beliefs,” she said. “We believe that students have a right to a safe learning environment and should feel safe” bringing up certain subjects in the classroom.
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