CAUT files grievance after ACAD instructor fired following chicken slaughter

May 14, 2013

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Alberta College of Art and Design Faculty Association (ACADFA) have joined forces to lobby for the reinstatement of professor Gord Ferguson, fired after a student’s controversial art project. The project involved the public slaughter of a chicken in the school cafeteria, which prompted another student to call local police. CAUT has filed a grievance and threatened arbitration if Ferguson is not offered reinstatement and compensation for lost wages. CAUT’s position is that “universities and colleges should be places where free expression and creative exploration is encouraged.” Support for Ferguson, head of the sculpture department and professor at ACAD for over 30 years, is growing, with online petitions and planned protests. CAUT News Release | Calgary Herald