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Academic Freedom

Students of UBC’s Okanagan campus enjoy certain rights and privileges essential to the fulfillment of its primary functions: instruction and the pursuit of knowledge. Central among these rights is the freedom, within the law, to pursue avenues of inquiry, to teach and to learn unhindered by external or non-academic constraints, and to engage in full and unrestricted consideration of any opinion. This freedom extends not only to the students of the University, but to all who are invited to participate in its forum. Suppression of this freedom, whether by institutions of the state, by officers of the University, or by the actions of private individuals, would prevent UBC’s Okanagan campus from carrying out its primary functions. All members of UBC’s Okanagan campus must recognize this fundamental principle and must share the responsibility for supporting, safeguarding and preserving this central freedom. Behaviour that obstructs free and full discussion, not only of ideas that are safe and accepted, but of those which may be unpopular or even abhorrent, vitally threaten the integrity of the University's forum. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated.

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