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

video of president allan rock at work

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rancourt wrongful dismissal case::: University's opening arguments expected on October 12th

The case of the University of Ottawa's wrongful dismissal of tenured physics professor Denis Rancourt is now in binding arbitration in labour-law-tribunal hearings.

The public hearings will be on-going well into 2012 and the hearing schedule of dates and places is posted HERE.

The second hearing date is October 12, 2011, at which the University is expected to make its opening arguments characterizing Rancourt's actions both as a professor in his teaching and in what the University has called "post-dismissal behaviour":

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Conference Centre, 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa
9:30 am start

-open to the public and to the media-

Rancourt was fired in 2009 under the pretext of fraudulent grading in one course, for attributing high grades to all 23 students in an advanced (final-year and graduate) physics course.

President Allan Rock has publicly broadcast (university press releases and emails to community members) that he endorses the decision to fire Rancourt

--the first-ever firing of a tenured professor in Canada over a question of teaching methods.

  • Rancourt's chronology of the academic freedom conflict since 2005 is posted HERE.
  • The main TV report (TVO, The Agenda, April 2009) is HERE.
  • Compilations of links to past media reports and media commentary are HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • A video report of Rancourt's press conference statement at the start of the hearings (May 2, 2011) is HERE.
  • All UofOWatch posts about the hearings are HERE.

A video of commentators at the first day of hearings (May 2, 2011) is here:

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