Freedom of expression at UWA

You’re invited to contribute to discussions!

As you have probably heard, our Vice-Chancellor recently established a working group that is responsible for making recommendations about a UWA policy on the freedom of expression. As your student representative on the working group and as the Guild President, I wanted to update you on the progress, and invite you to be a part of the next stage of the discussion process.

The working group has been engaging in extensive consultations since the start of the year, to ensure that our recommendations can be fully informed by the views of members of university, including students, staff and alumni. It has been great to see the UWA community engaging with the consultation sessions so far, which have been very constructive. Though participants often have come along with particular opinions to express, we have been heartened by people’s readiness to engage in constructive discussion with others who hold differing views, and to work together in a genuine effort to find common ground. With this consultation phase now nearing completion, the working group is making use of the extensive input that the discussion sessions have generated, to create a principled and practical freedom of expression policy that we believe could be broadly accepted across the UWA community.

Before we translate these ideas into formal recommendations, we want your feedback. We have scheduled several open sessions across the first week of semester. At each session, we will outline our thinking to date, and will invite comment concerning the recommendations that we are considering putting forward.

Register for a consultation session

There are three open sessions that have been scheduled for the first week of semester. They are open to students, as well as staff and alumni.

  • Tuesday 26 February, 1.00 – 1.45pm, Ross Lecture Theatre (see UWA Campus Map).
  • Wednesday 27 February, 12.00 – 12.45pm, Wilsmore Lecture Theatre (see UWA Campus Map).
  • Thursday 28 February, 12.00 – 12.45pm, Alexander Lecture Theatre (see UWA Campus Map).

Register for a session here.

We very much look forward to sharing our thoughts with you, and hearing your response to the ideas that we put forward.

All best,

Conrad Hogg

Guild President

Posted on February 21, 2019

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