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CAUT Bulletin Archives

January 1999

Committee of Inquiry Planned in Thorpe Case

CAUT will form a committee of inquiry to investigate the treatment of Professor Michael Thorpe, formerly of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Professor Thorpe, who retired from Mount Allison in 1997 after 23 years, was denied a summer teaching post in the university's department of continuing education by the administration this past winter. In addition, despite a nomination from the university's senate, the administration and board of regents have refused to grant the title of professor emeritus to Professor Thorpe. Professor Thorpe has attributed the opposition to his very public criticisms of Mount Allison President Newbould's administration.

"There is still much concern on campus about the treatment of Professor Thorpe, so we are pleased that CAUT will investigate this case," says George De Benedetti, President of Mount Allison Faculty Association.

The composition of the committee and its arrival in Sackville will be announced shortly.