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UBC fires author Steven Galloway after investigation

Steven Galloway has been fired from the University of British Columbia. File photo

The University of British Columbia has fired author and Creative Writing professor Steven Galloway, following an investigation into “serious allegations of misconduct” last year.

The specific allegations have never been made public, but in November 2015 Galloway was suspended and the university appointed Mary Ellen Boyd, a former B.C. Supreme Court judge, to lead an investigation.

That investigation concluded in April and was reviewed by Gage Averill, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, in May. He made his recommendation to President Martha Piper later that month.

“The President concluded that there was a record of misconduct that resulted in an irreparable breach of the trust placed in faculty members by the university, its students and the general public,” said Philip Steenkamp, VP External Relations, in a statement.

“She made her recommendation to the Board of Governors on June 21, 2016. Steven Galloway is no longer employed at the University of British Columbia.”

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Galloway, who was the head of UBC’s creative writing program prior to his suspension, is best known for his novel The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was longlisted for the 2008 Giller Prize.

WATCH: Galloway was originally suspended in November. John Daly reports.

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