LETTER | Peaceful protests on campus

Letters Opinions

The university is committed to supporting the fundamental rights of students and university community members to engage in freedom of speech and expression and to engage in protest and demonstration on campus. The university is also committed to ensuring a safe learning, living, and working environment to all community members who access university resources, activities and spaces.

Activities on campus by any persons is not considered a security threat except in the most serious circumstances. If that phrase was used by an officer, it was a mis-characterization. A peaceful protest is not a “security threat.”

If there is a risk of a disruption that will interfere with the ability of university employees to do their work or put them in a position where they feel unsafe, access to those spaces may be restricted.

Sincerely,

Keith Cascon

Security Manager, UVic Campus Security Services