Censorship on Campus

Update – April 12, 2013 – Members of UFV Life Link went forward with having Mike Schouten speak to students the evening of Wednesday, April 10th. After having their public event cancelled by the university, the club managed to secure a room where they held a club meeting, with Mike Scouten presenting to the Life Link students. Further details on this substitute event and the student’s reactions to the situation can be found in this Life Site News article.

Update – April 9, 2013 – Please see the statement made in response to misleading information from the university in regards to the cancellation of the event.

A Brief Chronology of the Situation

March 20, 2013: The University of the Fraser Valley approved a Life Link event to take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Room B101 on the Abbotsford Campus. This event was to feature a presentation by Mike Schouten from the group “We Need a Law,” which advocates for the protection of the pre-born through legislation.

Friday, April 5, 2013: Jill Harrison, Manager of Student Life, informed the President of Life Link that this event would be cancelled due to “security concerns” arising from the possible presence of protesters.

Earlier in March UFV’s Student Life has also prohibited Life Link from distributing the club’s materials in the hallways, a practice called “tabling”. The club has been restricted to distributing its materials inside a room only – a restriction not placed on any other campus club. Due to UFV’s discriminatory restriction, Life Link cancelled its planned literature distribution in March.

April 8, 2013: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) issues a letter to UFV on behalf of Life Link. This letter calls on the university to reverse its decision.

Related documents/links:

Letter 2013-04-08 to UFV President about upholding campus free speech
April 8 2013 Press Release
Image of the resources whose distribution was restricted
Statement from WeNeedALaw regarding the event cancellation
Press release from the JCCF concerning their involvement
Email from university to Life Link explaining the cancellation

2 thoughts on “Censorship on Campus

  1. Cathy Kieneker

    To: jill.smith@ufv.bc.ca
    Subject: Re: Cancellation of April 10th Speaker
    Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:44:55 -0700

    University of the Fraser Valley

    Attention: President Mark Evered

    I was very disappointed to hear that Jill Harrison cancelled the Lifelink event on your campus. This censorship is not acceptable. I ask you to reverse this “illegal” decision. All voices should have the chance to be heard.

    Thanks for looking into this matter,

    Mrs. Cathy Kieneker

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