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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Saturday, August 24, 2013

University of Ottawa professor criminal charges dismissed

University of Ottawa professor acquitted of threatening to kill director (link)

My comment to this, based only on the article, is that this sounds like an obscene over-reaction by a departmental chairman, to hearsay, that the university administration was happy to capitalize on. My guess is that the university wants to get rid of this professor, or at least is exploring how doable that would be.

Call me paranoid, but there is no way this small stuff should ever get this far. Cancelling classes and barring a professor from campus based on such nonsense. Waaa. And why was there even an interest in prosecuting with a criminal charge?

Welcome to Allan Rock's world. The university could have informed the prosecutor that it was of the position that there was no public benefit to pursue the charges, as it has done in the past (link).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Rancourt,

You are making a very hasty evaluation based on one newspaper article. One would think that before expressing such views, you would take the time to make a little more research on the issue. If one were to behave as you do, one could say that your opinion is solely based on your need to dismiss UO and anybody associated with it in order to vent your own frustrations with the institution.

if you were asked to self-evaluate your blogging performance on the issue, would you give yourself an A+?...