Motion for AGM in Support of Profs. Bruckert and Parent (23 April 2013)

The following motion will be presented from the floor at QUFA’s Spring General Meeting (12:30-2:30 p.m., 24 April, in Ellis Hall Auditorium):

[Note: this motion was passed unanimously.]

Whereas University of Ottawa Department of Criminology Professors Colette Parent and Christine Bruckert are going to the Superior Court of Quebec to defend the confidentiality of research records that they gathered in 2007 (This action is in response to police attempts to seize the research records related to an interview that Profs. Bruckert and Parent conducted with a sex-trade worker who several years after being a research participant has been charged with murder.  The interview was carried out by Profs. Bruckert and Parent as part of a study that was approved by the University of Ottawa Research Ethics Board, in part on the condition that Profs. Bruckert and Parent assure the research participants’ confidentiality);

And whereas twenty members of the University of Ottawa Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Board wrote University of Ottawa President Allan Rock on 25 March 2013 to protest the University of Ottawa administration’s refusal to support Profs. Bruckert and Parent, including their legal expenses, in defending the confidentiality of their research records;

And whereas the 17 January 2013 CAUT Bulletin reports that in a 19 December 2012 letter to CAUT Executive Director James Turk, University of Ottawa President Allan Rock stated: “The University of Ottawa recognizes its role … in safeguarding entrusted information.  However, the University does not consider that its role extends to the payment of legal costs if researchers decide to challenge the seizure of research records in the context of criminal proceedings”;

Therefore be it resolved that the Queen’s University Faculty Association direct its Executive to write a letter to both University of Ottawa President Allan Rock and the University of Ottawa Senate, expressing disappointment over University of Ottawa’s refusal to support Profs. Bruckert and Parent in their efforts to defend the confidentiality they promised in order to conduct  research approved by the University of Ottawa.  This letter should also echo the concerns expressed by the members of the University of Ottawa Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Board in their 25 March 2013 letter to University of Ottawa President Allan Rock.

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