OTTAWA, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - In a report issued today, a Canadian
Association of University Teachers investigatory committee found that
the Queen's University administration violated the academic freedom of
history professor Michael Mason and acted callously and irresponsibly
in how it handled complaints with respect to his teaching.
The committee concluded that Mason "discharged his duties diligently and
in keeping with both disciplinary conventions and professional
Among the committee's recommendations were that the university issue a
letter of apology to Mason and that the letter be placed in his file
and published in the university newspaper. The committee also
recommended that, to offset damage to Mason's four-decade career as a
historian, the Queen's history department establish in his name a
bursary of $4,000 per annum, to be awarded annually to an enrolled
student of post-colonial history.
The university was also called upon to develop appropriate
administrative policies and mechanisms to respond to student
"The report vindicates Prof. Mason and makes useful recommendations to
remedy the situation," said James L. Turk, executive director of CAUT.
"We urge the Queen's administration to implement the recommendations
out of a sense of fairness to Prof. Mason and in order to prevent a
similar situation befalling any other faculty member at Queen's."
Members of the investigatory committee were Prof. Bernie Hammond in the
Department of Sociology and Social Justice and Peace Studies at King's
University College at Western University and Prof. Johannes Wolfart in
the College of Humanities at Carleton University.
Copies of the CAUT report are available online at www.caut.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
For further information:
James Turk, executive director (613) 277- 0488 (cell)
Angela Regnier, communications officer (613)726-5186 (o), 613-601-6304 (cell)