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.