The Atlantic School of Theology has signed on as the fourth Canadian school and the first Christian school against improperly using NDAs.X FKA Twitter / ASTheology
The Atlantic School of Theology–or AST–in Halifax – Kjiputuk has become the first Christian university in Canada to sign the “Can’t Buy My Silence” university pledge, on Tuesday, June 4. 
The university pledge reads “(W)e [our vice-chancellor and higher education provider] commit to not using Non-Disclosure Agreements to silence people who come forward to raise complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse or misconduct, or other forms of harassment and bullying.”
“We know that there are a number of Christian universities, amongst them Crandall University and Regent College, that have struggled with the use of NDAs to cover up sexual complaints,” says co-founder of the Can’t Buy My Silence campaign, Canadian law professor, Julie Macfarlane, in a video posted Tuesday. “We know now that AST will not be among them.” 
AST is the fourth Canadian university to sign, following the lead of two other Nova Scotia schools, The University of King’s College and Acadia University, who were then joined by Columbia College in British Columbia. 
The Can’t Buy My Silence campaign was co-founded by Macfarlane and Zelda Perkins, who broke her non-disclosure agreement in 2017 as a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein. The campaign has a simple goal: to bring about “legislative and regulatory change that will make NDAs unenforceable for anything other than their original purpose – the prevention of sharing confidential business information (‘intellectual property’) and trade secrets.” 
The campaign’s website says NDAs are “unnecessary for protecting victim identity…catastrophically damaging to innocent parties and immoral when they hide harmful information from the public.”
In a press release from AST on Tuesday, university president, reverend Dr. Heather McCance, says signing this pledge is “the right thing to do,” and that “healing requires truth telling.” 
McCance continues by saying that, “while of course we hope that no one associated with AST has been harmed by abuse or misconduct, we also believe that signing on to this pledge will mean that conversations and decisions arising from any situations of harm can be more transparent and valuable for all concerned.”
Learn more about the university pledge here.

By Lauren Phillips, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 07, 2024 at 06:14

This item reprinted with permission from   Coast Reporter   Sechelt, British Columbia

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