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"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Reparation is due at U of O - Grievance filed


October 7, 2008
Associate Vice-President
Human Resources Services
Tabaret Hall
550 Cumberland Street
(delivered by hand)
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Re: Grievance G-19 (my code) – EBOG UofOWatch decision.
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Dear Mrs. Pagé-Valin:
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This is to grieve the September 11th decision of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors (EBOG) regarding my UofOWatch.blogspot.com blog.
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The Dean admitted in writing that if my articles had not been critical of the University, then I would not have been punished. This is a blatant violation of academic freedom. It also represents undue interference with my work.
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In addition, in an email to Secretary of the University Pamela Harrod dated September 28, 2008, I expressed concerns about significant procedural anomalies in the EBOG’s September 11th decision. I have not yet received a response. I ask that you immediately provide written clarifications regarding my concerns expressed in my September 28, 2008, email to Pamela Harrod and immediately provide a copy of the (appropriately severed) minutes of the September 11th EBOG meeting, showing which EBOG members were present.
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I ask that the discipline be reversed and that reparation be made, with interest. I want a written apology co-signed by all members of the EBOG which were present at the September 11th EBOG meeting. I want a written apology from the Dean. I ask that a new text of the policy for University copyrighted images be adopted which explicitly permits criticism of and/or fair (legal) commentary about the University in the use of University web images by professors, media, and students in any academic or journalistic work.
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Sincerely,
Denis Rancourt
(Professor)
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Cc: Posted to UofOWatch blog, BOG, APUO, Dean of Science..

[Photo credit: University of Ottawa; Louise Page-Valin, Dean Andre E. Lalonde]

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Denis, if you hate this University so much, and you obviously do, why don’t you just leave and go work somewhere else? Are you afraid that nobody else would want to hire you? Are you afraid that nobody else would be ready to pay you $130K/year to sit on your ass and do nothing? If not, I don’t understand, please explain ...

Michel

Anonymous said...

yeah Denis, just fuck off from here already

hot-linker said...

why don’t you just leave and go work somewhere else?

Are you afraid that nobody else would be ready to pay you $130K/year to sit on your ass and do nothing?

I don’t understand, please explain...

hot-linker said...

yeah Denis, just fuck off from here already

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