Wilson v. University of Calgary


(from left) President John Carpay represented University of Calgary students Cristina Perri, Cameron Wilson and Asia Strezynski at a hearing of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, April 17 2013

As a student, the thought of defending my right to express my opinions on campus in the face of disapproval and intimidation from my university was daunting but the support and guidance from JCCF made it seem attainable. I’m so grateful for we’ve been able to hold the UofC accountable for their actions so that other students can be confident in sharing their beliefs on their campuses, without fearing punishment from their university administrations. This has only been made possible because of the talent and dedication of John Carpay and his team at the JCCF. 
-Alanna Gomez

June 17, 2014 Board of Governors allows students’ appeals, quashes 2010 charges of non-academic misconduct

The Board of Governors of the University of Calgary has allowed the appeal of its decision to charge seven students with non-academic misconduct for having peacefully set up its pro-life display on campus with signs facing outwards.

Read the Student Discipline Appeals Committee letter

April 1, 2014 Court ruling: University of Calgary decision against pro-life students is “unreasonable”

  • University’s decision lacks “justification, transparency and intelligibility”
  • Board of Governors ordered to give students’ appeal proper consideration, and to consider relevant facts and the law

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April 17, 2013 Court Hearing

Members of Campus Pro-Life at the University of Calgary went to court to assert their campus free speech rights.

JCCF President John Carpay has defended the students’ free speech rights since 2007.

Seven students are Applicants in an Originating Notice filed at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. Their application for judicial review asks the court to quash a University of Calgary decision that the students are guilty of “non-academic misconduct.”

In May of 2010, eight students were found guilty of “non-academic misconduct” for having set up a pro-life display on campus while refusing to comply with the university’s demand that the signs be set upin a circle facing inwards, such that people walking by could not see the signs. This finding of guilt was upheld in January of 2011 by the university’s Board of Governors, which rendered its decision without scheduling a hearing to listen to the students’ appeal.

Case Documents