Formed in 1992 the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS) is:
- Primarily concerned with institutions of higher learning in Canada.
- A non-profit organization financed by membership fees and voluntary contributions.
- 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.