Ryerson associate dean sues university over harassment claim

May 19, 2011

James Norrie, a tenured associate professor on contract as associate dean of Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, is suing the institution after being put on paid leave over vague allegations of harassment and conflict of interest. Norrie says he has been told to stay off campus and is seeking a court injunction so that he can attend graduation ceremonies next month. In his statement of claim, Norrie says he was never given information about the allegations of harassment, simply that the university was "removing (him) immediately from the workplace" in March. According to court documents, only after repeated inquiries did Ryerson disclose that it had heard accusations from people. Norrie is asking for $575,000-plus in the case, in which he also claims defamation. ParentCentral.ca