LETTER – Placing TRU administrators on paid leave isn’t punitive
I thank you for taking the time to write about TRU’s current turmoil. I am emailing to correct a misrepresentation in your editorial.
TRUFA wishes that the senior administrators be placed on paid leave pending the results of the investigation. This is not punitive; it does not imply guilt. It certainly doesn’t presume guilt. It is, as the lawyers say, “without prejudice.”
It is standard practice that persons alleged of wrongdoing are put on paid leave while the investigation takes place. It is what happens at every other university in Canada; and it’s what happens if a faculty member at TRU is accused of wrongdoing.
It is, as I said, standard, normal practice. That standard practice exists to protect everyone involved—including those who have allegedly done wrong. Putting them on paid leave would be to protect Matt Milovick and Larry Philips as well as the complainants and everyone else at TRU.
Not only does it protect everyone, it is also necessary for the legitimacy and integrity of the investigation. And for the continuation of the important work that is done at TRU.
Dr. JENNA WOODROW
Associate Professor of Philosophy
TRUFA equity committee chair
Getting their name plastered all over the city is punitive enough. I think the ongoing riff between administration and faculty has to stop and faculty needs to focus on teaching, full stop. Also the accused need to be able to confront the accuser and the accusations without the nonsense of “anonymity” in order to protect fairness and honesty throughout society.