U of T, faculty association and law prof reach agreement
possible influences on grade misrepresentation comes to an end
June 18, 2001
-- The University of Toronto has reached an agreement with the U
of T Faculty Association and law professor Denise Réaume
that ends any further inquiry into possible influences on the grade
misrepresentation by 25 first-year law students. Following is the
University Administration's statement:
The University of Toronto, the University of Toronto Faculty Association
and Professor Denise Réaume have resolved their differences
arising out of the events occurring at the University of Toronto
Faculty of Law.
The University of Toronto accepts that Professor Réaume did
not counsel or intend to counsel students to cheat or otherwise
commit an academic offence. No student who has committed an academic
offence has implicated Professor Réaume in the explanation
of their conduct.
The University regrets having named Professor Réaume in the
media and on its web site in connection with events at the Faculty
of Law. Professor Réaume is an accomplished academic and
the University apologizes for any harm caused to her reputation
Notwithstanding that there are views to the contrary, the University's
administration believes that Professor Réaume's remarks to
her class were inappropriate.
However, the University reaffirms its commitments to principles
of free speech and academic freedom which include the right to "raise
deeply disturbing questions and provocative challenges to the cherished
beliefs of society at large and the University itself."
The work of the Law Fact-Finding Committee will be terminated. The
University will not be proceeding with any further investigation.
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