U of O Watch mission, in the words of Foucault...

"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.

U of O Watch mission, in the words of Socrates...

"An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all." -- Socrates

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Author calls on Canadian Civil Liberties Association board members to repudiate their organization's attack on dissident professor

READ MORE: Read the full article...
  • on Canadian Dimension HERE or
  • on AcademicFreedom.ca HERE (with all the links).

UofOWatch asks:
When civil liberties associations and political icons behave this way what's Left?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With regards to Rancourt, Des Rosiers is quoted as saying:

"As VP governance, I had the job of requesting compliance with University’s decisions, including the suspension from campus, and did so."

Des Rosiers, in her capacity as a VP, was a member of the Administrative Committee.

The Administrative Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Governors:


The "Powers and Functions" of the Administrative Committee:


"The powers and functions of the Administrative Committee are the following:

1. to manage the affairs of the University generally;

2. to make recommendations on administrative matters;

3. to make recommendations on budgetary policies and priorities;

4. to exercise all the powers of the Board of Governors in relation to the appointment of academic and support staff, excluding the appointment to the positions of President, Vice-president, Secretary of the University, Associate Vice-president, Dean, Vice-dean, Secretary of Faculty, Director of a School, Chairperson of Department, and Director of large services;

5. to exercise the powers of the Board of Governors in relation to the determination of individual salaries, promotion and removal of members of the support staff, excluding the removal of persons whose appointment is not within the powers of the Administrative Committee as per d) above;

6. to exercise the powers of the Board of Governors concerning the determination of individual salaries and promotion of unionized employees of the University, unless the Collective Agreement between the University and the union specifies otherwise;

7. to approve, on behalf of the Board, staffing policies and procedures concerning the appointment, promotion, transfer, removal and salary structure of the non-unionized support staff.


The Committee consists of the following members:

1. the President;
2. the Vice-president Academic and Provost;
3. the Vice-president, Research;
4. the Vice-president, Resources;
5. the Vice-president, University Relations;
6. the Secretary of the University."

Secretary of the University = VP Governance.

So, Des Rosiers was only "requesting compliance with University's decisions", decisions that she was empowered to make.