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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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

U of O neurosurgery malfeasance::: President Allan Rock refuses to investigate, letter to graduate student union

It's starting to smell like one stinking pile of cover up, straight up to the top of the pile...

The present commentary is based on the recent revelations posted by student University of Ottawa senate member Joseph Hickey: HERE.

Recall that leaked emails showed a vicious attack (including career-destruction and dismissal) against medical resident Dr. Waleed Al-Ghaithy as reprisal for putting forth a racial discrimination complaint and as a way (explicitly stated) of preventing Al-Ghaithy and others from making Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario complaints against the Faculty of Medicine and members of its professional staff.

Several background posts are HERE.

Mr. Hickey informed the university senate about the leaked emails and read one of the emails at Senate. More emails were read at a March 9, 2011, press conference organized by the undergraduate student union Student Appeal Centre (SAC) and the matter was widely reported in the national and regional media.

The graduate student union (GSAED) wrote to Rock asking him to investigate this startling prima facie case of malfeasance in the Faculty of Medicine.

Rock's April 29, 2011, reply is simply "quite remarkable", HERE:

"Note that, contrary to Mr. Rock’s assertions, the e-mails in question were leaked after Mr. Al-Ghaithy’s internal complaint was completed, and did not play any part in these reviews. Note also that Mr. Rock asserts respecting student confidentiality while disclosing the results of internal processes about students. It’s all quite remarkable."

The consistently adopted Rock strategy (condoned by a spineless or oblivious Board of Governors?) in this serious matter is for the university to avoid its legal and moral responsibilities by diverting to a relatively toothless human rights tribunal hearing. One wonders why the Liberals were wiped off the political map recently.

Methinks this one is going to come back and bite Mr. Rock, sooner or later.

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