Students sue uOttawa over Rancourt case

February 24, 2009

A group of University of Ottawa students have launched a joint lawsuit against the university and the dean of graduate studies for breach of contract and malfeasance in public office following the recent suspension of tenured professor Denis Rancourt. A former graduate student of Rancourt's claims university administration has been "bullying" him into abandoning his NSERC-funded research project he was pursuing under Rancourt. Another graduate student claims Rancourt's suspension has resulted in him losing nearly 6 years of specialized research. Ottawa Sun

Postscript:Aug 27, 2009
On Tuesday, a University of Ottawa researcher who was terminated when the lab she worked in was shut down following the suspension (and subsequent firing) of professor Denis Rancourt settled a lawsuit against the university. The researcher's 2 fellow plaintiffs, both graduate students, allege uOttawa used "financial threats" to force them to drop their claims. Ottawa Citizen