McMaster business school’s suspended faculty return to court

April 26, 2016

A half-dozen faculty members of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business are requesting leave to appeal a McMaster tribunal decision that resulted in suspensions for three individuals, reports the Hamilton Spectator. The university’s sanctions reportedly stemmed from conflict between the professors in question and former DeGroote Dean Paul Bates. A set of legal documents filed prior to the hearing stated that the tribunal process had imposed “draconian” punishments that “significantly exceeded the reasonable range of penalties.” Yet in its own legal filing, McMaster stated that the faculty members, “had, to varying degrees of severity, committed over 30 instances of harassment and bullying in the workplace and/or otherwise contributed to a poisoned work environment.” The Spectator reports that the hearing is expected to last four days. Hamilton Spectator