PhD dispute about dean's actions, says uManitoba prof

October 3, 2011

At his grievance hearing last Friday, University of Manitoba math professor Gábor Lukács testified that he found it suspicious that a PhD student waited until 3 weeks after he failed a compulsory exam for a second time to declare he suffers from extreme exam anxiety. Lukács said his legal challenges against the PhD centred not on the student, but on the dean of graduate studies' decision to overrule accommodation proposals, waive the graduation requirements, and award the degree. Lukács argued that university policies do not allow for a waiver, and that the dean had no authority to make the decisions he was making. Lukács was suspended for 3 months without pay last year for disclosing the student's personal health information. He lost a court case on the PhD issue in August. Winnipeg Free Press