King’s University College has a possible censure from the Canadian Association of University Teachers hanging over its head.
It stems from a letter a King’s instructor sent to administration upon his retirement. He sent the letter as he worried the college was undermining the social justice and peace studies.
The letter was sent privately. It contained what King’s believed to be vitriolic and harassing comments about two of his colleagues.
King’s then took the step of making the letter more public by showing it to the female instructors, who took action against Luckhardt.
The CAUT states it is the right of university instructors to challenge and raise questions. And they wonder why King’s would make public a private letter.
Both sides did an independent review and came up with opposite conclusions. The investigator hired by King’s said they took the necessary steps to handle this issue and the ad hoc committee put in place by the CAUT says the dean and principal at King’s acted inappropriately.
This past weekend the CAUT executive committee voted unanimously to support a censure, which would come into effect in April.
I have talked to the head of the CAUT , James Turk, and the instructor, Ken Luckhardt, who was banned from the campus. I arranged for Gerry Dewan at CTV London to interview Turk.
Here’s Gerry’s report.
Let me know what you think.