The system was supposed to work.
The Conflict of Interest/Commitment Policy said Szeri should have read every policy my concern dealt with, from the Scholarly Integrity Policy that requires open, timely and fair investigations to the Investigations Policy to the Respectful Environment and Academic Freedom statement. There are more violated policies than those but it’s not worth my time to find a copy of the full list.
Using institutional funds to serve personal interests, as Szeri had done, has barred him from ever working as a professional engineer again in Canada. Managing conflicts of interest is something engineers have to do as a profession. His engineering code of conduct — provincially and federally — does not care about job titles. It only cares about the engineer’s ethical conduct while employed.
Szeri can’t work as an engineer because of his conduct at the University of British Columbia even if the UBC condoned his actions and assisted with them. Because if UBC only cares about one thing, it’s that everything *appears* fine.
And on the surface, my program looked fine. I wasn’t willing to consider that no UBC instructor taught craft in their class until I was halfway through my program. If craft isn’t mentioned in several observed classes, that’s not a large enough sample size to assume craft never gets discussed.
But craft never got discussed, and any mention of craft could have resulted in another academic freedom violation email. Teachers who are trained to evaluate what was taught against what was learned are trained to see voids in a learner’s education. Instructors who instruct through instructions — and instruct a program in which the percentage of the mark that is based on participation rivals that of a kindergarten rubric — are probably not trained to know what a void in their instruction could look like.
Dr. Ono’s incompetence was at a professional level. If the meatsack destroying the academic institution’s reputation is the Provost, there is only one person higher on the organizational chart. Dr. Ono told me that Szeri “handles” problems like this and then allowed Szeri all the public taxpayer and tuition funds he needed to make the problem go away.
I have to stop going into just how incompetent their lawyers were. I’ve never seen such a Calvinistic approach to law. The UBC was never wrong, even if it was wrong. It decided it could not commit improper conduct, even if it allowed meatsacks to violate its policies, advised UBC meat sacks how to violate policy, and it violated the University Act.
UBC lawyers believed that the UBC would suffer no consequences for redefining improper conduct as violating any law but the one that guided them as an institution.
The Law Society of BC thought it could improperly close a complaint based on the same error the UBC made. The former Director who closed it violated the Law Society of British Columbia’s POLICY of early dismissal. Then they refused to discuss the improper POLICY DECISION that Conroy has made because they didn’t discuss legal matters with members of the public.
If the Law Society of British Columbia couldn’t see how institutional lawyers choosing not to involve themselves in their duties to their organization was wrong, what chance did the student have in bringing a complaint about a lawyer’s behaviour to them?
The Law Society allowed a lawyer who violated his professional code of conduct to explain *why* he could violate his code of conduct and they accepted his answer. The former director stated as their legal opinion that if Mark Crosbie had “just” decided he wasn’t going to provide his institution with the services of a competent lawyer, it wasn’t a disciplinary matter.
Crosbie’s abandonment of his duties allowed his institution to violate every policy it needed to silence a UBC Person’s academic freedom. Everyone involved in this SNAFU should get “Policy is a necessary, non-legal matter for all institutions” indelibly written backwards across their foreheads.
No matter how beautifully written institutional policies are, they require meat sacks who will perform their duties to the highest ethical standard even if no one is watching. The UBC — as an institution — didn’t care if its meatsacks had abandoned its ethical expectations in writing.