Formed in 1992, SAFS is:
Primarily concerned with institutions of higher learning in Canada.
A non-profit organization financed by membership fees and
Not aligned with any political party -- our membership spans
the political spectrum.
A society with members all across Canada and in other countries.
Open to all persons sharing our goals, whether or not they
are working in a university.
Maintaining freedom in teaching, research, and scholarship.
In pursuit of their scholarly goals, members of the university
may take positions that are not in accord with popular beliefs. We
oppose measures such as speech codes, extra-legal tribunals and so-called
anti-hate legislation that may infringe on the right and responsibility
of the academic community (faculty and students) to teach and do research
on controversial subjects.
Maintaining standards of excellence in academic decisions
about students and faculty.
Many universities have policies that are discriminatory
to the extent that they favour groups of students or faculty on the basis
of race, sex, etc. Such preferential treatment is unfair, is damaging
to academic excellence, and stigmatizes the very groups so favoured.
We espouse equality of opportunity but oppose preferential treatment.
Promoting reasoned debate on issues of academic freedom and
Speaking out publicly in favour of SAFS' aims, and against
oppressive measures in the academic community.
Keeping SAFS' members abreast of developments through newsletters,
chapter meetings, conferences and other means.
Encouraging the formation of local chapters to achieve SAFS'
Supporting candidates who share SAFS' goals for positions
on university governing bodies.
Writing to university administrations where we feel that
academic freedom or the merit principle have been compromised.
Writing to government agencies or, where appropriate, to
politicians, in cases where we feel our principles are in jeopardy.
Supporting individuals with advice, moral support, or material
aid in those cases where there has been a clear abuse of academic freedom
and/or the merit principle.
Distributing information to the media.