While I was trying to get UBC to understand the U stands for more than U-give-us-money-for-nothing-and-paycheques-for-free, the Provost in question was hosting a symposium on Academic Freedom.
I can still taste the vomit in the back of my throat.
Be trying to get your academic institution to believe that they were being shitstains as professionally as you know how to phrase things because your respondent changed the nature of your complaint so it can be completely ignored.
Be ME, not understanding how this could possibly be, only to find out that your academic freedom was removed to *ensure* that the official version of your multiple complaints will officially be penned by the respondent himself, Andrew J. Szeri.
Be ME. Understand that controlling which complaint gets heard is akin to committing fraud against the public tax dollars provided and tuition collected from all three of its financial streams. The money is given on the sole condition that no one — not even an officer in a really big office — is allowed to be a shitstain and get away with it.
And then, just be ME, when you realize senior academic officers have allowed harm to be done to learners for over a year. The people investigating them must follow policy because they are ethically obligated to. Meanwhile, those senior officers paid their lawyers to ignore their professional conduct code to find ways to violate student protections “legally.”
Be ME. Realize lawyers gave that advice, not knowing any officer below the president can violate as many policies as they want, “legally” but public institutions are mandated to stop them.
Be ME. Realize no one in lower mainland BC understands compliance with a lawyer’s professional code of conduct prevents bad “legal” advice from being advised.
Be ME. Know lawyers gave that “advice” to a president who allegedly used it to violate the University Act. The law society will never consider it disciplinary action.
Just try to be ME for a day. You wouldn’t last. The amount of crap I’ve put up with and dug through to protect a school from its Officers would far exceed most people’s quota.
Be ME. Know this broken system only cares about the Academic Freedom violations. Learners have no protections against the massive harm being done to them because universities can teach anything they want.
Unless the program also violates academic freedom.
I dare you.