QUFA Endorses CAUT Report on Michael Mason (16 October 2012)

At its meeting today QUFA Council unanimously passed the following resolution (four abstentions):

Resolved that QUFA Council finds the CAUT Ad Hoc Investigatory Committee Report on the situation and treatment of Dr. Michael Mason in the Department of History at Queen’s University to be credible, and its recommendations to be fair and constructive; that by endorsing the report, QUFA acquires the right to use it in representations to the Administration; and that QUFA urges Queen’s Administration to respond.

CAUT considered this matter at the request of QUFA’s Grievance Officer Phil Goldmann.  Its Report (released on September 20, 2012) concludes “that administrative employees and officers of Queen’s University abused their power and acted in disregard of the wellbeing of one of their teaching employees.”  It affirms also “that Professor Mason was denied basic rights, and that academic freedom, both as commonly understood and as defined in the collective agreement between QUFA and Queen’s University, was seriously violated” (p. 17). Its recommendations (p. 23) include a public letter of apology to Professor Mason.

Queen’s Administration has denied CAUT’s jurisdiction in this matter (Report, p. 8) and declined to comment.  Whether it will comment on the Report now that it has been endorsed as a statement of QUFA’s own position remains to be seen.

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One Response to QUFA Endorses CAUT Report on Michael Mason (16 October 2012)

  1. Sandra Bernstein says:

    As a Queen`s graduate I am disgusted by the university`s treatment of Prof. Mason and by the lacklustre mental abilities of students who lacked the ability to distinguish between the teacher`s attitudes and those of past colonialists. This reminds me very much of the ROM incident many years ago when simple-minded members of the public viciously attributed to the ROM and a curator the racist attitudes of missionaries of the past as depicted in an exhibition.

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