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:
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 email@example.com
U Calgary - Dean: Kevin McQuillan firstname.lastname@example.org