Wednesday, December 8, 2010

U Calgary Ignores Ethics Code : No Reprimand for Flanagan

 The story that just won't go away, no matter how many threats Professor Flanagan makes.

So far, and despite the urging of many alumni and staff, the University of Calgary has refused to reprimand Flanagan for calling for the assassination of Wikileaks' Julian Assange, despite having received "a lot of feedback on the issue".

Instead, they take the easy way out by claiming:

"The University of Calgary's stance is that Dr. Flanagan's comments...last week were made as an individual and don't represent the views of the university"

Well, luckily, the University of Calgary publishes its code of professional ethics online. After going through it, it is clear there is ample cause to at least reprimand him. Namely:

                      4.33  Academic staff must not engage in behaviour that constitutes 
                               harassment. Harassment means oral, written or physical behaviour 
                               or visual display that is abusive or is intended to persistently annoy 
                               others and which the instigator knows, or ought to know, creates an 
                               intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning or living 

Need I say more? Yes I think I do.

The criminal code of Canada ,  section 464(a), states that incitement to commit a crime is a crime:

464. Except where otherwise expressly provided by law, the following provisions apply in   respect of persons who counsel other persons to commit offences, namely,
(a) every one who counsels another person to commit an indictable offence is, if the offence is not committed, guilty of an indictable offence and liable to the same punishment to which a person who attempts to commit that offence is liable;

So the police should be investigating this matter, which they are, and the crown prosecutor(s) should look into the facts and make a decision on whether to file suit. Good, they're doing their job at least, regardless of the outcome.

Now will the University of Calgary do its job?

U Calgary - Political Science - Head of Dept: David Stewart
U Calgary - Dean: Kevin McQuillan

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