Tenured professor Larry Reynolds was dismissed from his post at the University of Manitoba’s faculty of medicine in 2008.
The administrations of both the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority face censure by CAUT in November over their treatment of Dr. Larry Reynolds.
Delegates to CAUT’s council meeting last month voted to give notice to the institutions that unless Reynolds’ situation is suitably resolved censure will be imposed at the next council meeting.
The unanimous vote came after delegates discussed the findings
of an ad-hoc committee of inquiry that concluded the U of M and the health authority terminated Reynolds’ position without just cause or due process.
“To date we’ve not had much cooperation in our efforts to resolve Dr. Reynold’s case, so council has made its decision to pursue censure of the administrations of both the university and the health authority,” said CAUT executive director James Turk.
“We wrote to both parties April 26 to inform them of the council decision, to urge them once again to work with us to find a resolution that is acceptable to all parties, and to offer to meet again to explore options or take whatever other action we can to assist,” he said, adding “(o)ur objective is to ensure that Dr. Reynolds is treated appropriately and in our view that means being restored to the position he held before these inappropriate actions were taken — that of a tenured, geographically full time, full professor of medicine.”
If formal censure is imposed in November, CAUT will actively discourage academic staff in Canada and internationally from accepting appointments or invitations to participate in scholarly meetings or conferences at either institution.
“Censure is a very serious and rarely used tool,” Turk said. “CAUT hasn’t had to censure a major research university since the case of Marlene Webber at Memorial University in 1979.”
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