Emergency meeting held at University of Saskatchewan
SASKATOON – An emergency meeting is being held Monday night at the University of Saskatchewan.
The institution’s board of governors will discuss the controversial firing of former U of S Professor Robert Buckingham , who spoke out against the university’s cost-cutting plan – TransformUS.
Buckingham has been offered his tenured academic position back.
But unless he’s offered his former post as the dean of the school of public health, he may not accept any position at U of S.
A student rally is being held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to protest TransformUS on College Drive and Wiggins Avenue.
Rally organizers say they would like the University President Ilene Busch-Vishniac and provost to be held accountable for their actions.
“There is an actual crisis of trust here on campus,” said Nicholas Marlatte, recent graduate and ‘TransformThis’ rally organizer.
“In that deans are being given the message that they have to push through and they’re going to be punished if they actually stand up for the academic integrity of their departments.”
In a letter released Monday, the U of S faculty association (USFA) says the institution’s tenure process is under full attack.
The association says the board of governors has delegated “veto power” solely to the president as far as reviewing and making final decisions on tenure and promotion.
A practice the USFA says is in direct conflict with the collective agreement between the board and the association.
The board of governors meeting will take place at 8 p.m. and is closed to the public.
Saskatchewan’s Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris will be in attendance.