UBC did not protect and support academic freedom, says fact-finding process

October 16, 2015

UBC has released the results of the fact-finding process into whether UBC Board Chair John Montalbano infringed upon Professor Jennifer Berdahl’s academic freedom. The process, conducted by Lynn Smith, found that “UBC failed in its obligation to protect and support Dr. Berdahl’s academic freedom.” The process further found that neither Montalbano himself, nor any individual in the Sauder School of Business, infringed upon any provision of the Collective Agreement. UBC has said it accepts the findings of the report and will take several actions in response, which include hiring a specialist to work to safeguard academic freedom and educating faculty, staff, and governors about the nature of academic freedom. UBC | Full Report

Postscript: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

UBC Board Chair John Montalbano stepped down from his position in the wake of a fact-finding process that revealed that UBC did not “protect and support” academic freedom. “My presence might serve as a distraction from the important work facing UBC in the months ahead,” said Montalbano. CTV News | CBC | Globe and Mail | Chronicle of Higher Education