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CAUT Bulletin Archives

December 2008

Acadia University Faces Censure

The board of directors and administration of Acadia University face censure by CAUT in April unless they agree to reverse the firing of computer science professor Colin Wightman.

Delegates to CAUT’s Council meeting Nov. 29 voted to give notice to the institution that unless Wightman’s situation is suitably resolved censure will be imposed at its next council meeting.

A CAUT investigatory committee report released in June 2008 found Acadia University acted inappropriately in dismissing Wightman, a tenured full professor and director of the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia. He also held the position of acting dean of science.

The committee recommended that CAUT consider censuring Acadia unless the administration agreed to restore Wightman to his position and compensate him for his financial losses.

Despite repeated requests from CAUT, Acadia administrators have refused to enter discussions about the committee’s recommendations.

“Censure is the most serious sanction we can impose and we don’t take it lightly,” said CAUT executive director James Turk “But the administration’s actions in this case show total disrespect for due pro­cess and an unacceptable attack on Professor Wightman.”