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 Formal Grievances

 

 

A chronological index of formal grievances filed by Denis Rancourt against the University of Ottawa with outcomes of arbitratrations or settlements

Each formal grievance is a lawsuit filed under the purview of labour law in Ontario.

 


[1] 2005.Oct.12 Grievance G-1 - Dean barges into "Activism Course" class

>>> Grievance text G-1

>>> Supporting document to G-1, letter from Rancourt to dean

>>> 2007.Nov Memorandum of Settlement

OUTCOME: University admitted wrongdoing and expressed regret in a Memorandum of Settlement signed in November 2007.

 


[2] 2005.Nov.16 Grievance G-2 - Dean refuses to show alleged student complaint

>>> Grievance text G-2   [with attached supporting documents]

>>> 2005.Nov.22 letter from Dean retracting all documents from file

OUTCOME: University retracts all its allegation documents from file, and states that it will not pursue or use its allegation in any way.

COMMENT: The University's retractions did not solve the problem that the Dean had lied about a student complaint. Therefore, this was taken up in grievance G-6.

 


[3] 2005.Nov.28 Grievance G-3 - Harassment

>>> Grievance text G-3

OUTCOME: Rancourt's union (APUO) decided that there was not sufficient accumulated evidence to prove a "pattern of harassment."

 


[4] 2006.Jan.12 Grievance G-4 - Use of the pass/fail (satisfactory/non-satisfactory, S/NS) grading method

>>> Grievance text G-4   [with supporting documents]

>>>APUO Bulletin union report on Policy grievance  [see "SATISFACTORY NOT SATISFACTORY GRADING item]

OUTCOME: A formal February 2009 Settlement has the University withdrawing its Dec.2.2005 Dean's memo forbidding the use of the S/NS grading method. The Arbitrator's Award for G-5 established the legal precedent that the choice of the S/NS grading method is under the purview of a professor's academic freedom.

 


[5] 2006.Feb.27 Grievance G-5 - Academic Squatting

>>> Grievance text G-5

>>> Published legal analysis of the Arbitration Award   [obtained via access to information law]

>>> UofOWatch blog report of the arbitration victory

OUTCOME: This was the first Rancourt grievance to go to a full labour law arbitration hearing.  This gave rise to a landmark decision regarding academic freedom in Canada.  The arbitrator concluded that all of the pedagogical methods employed by Professor Rancourt were protected under the purview of his academic freedom.

 


[6] 2006.Jun.20 Grievance G-6 - Dean Christian Detellier lied about student complaint

>>> Grievance text G-6   [with supporting documents]

OUTCOME: Rancourt's union (APUO) decides that the Dean may or may not have lied and that it would be too difficult to prove lying.

 


[7] 2006.Jul.10 Grievance G-7 - Jewish Student Association (JSA) accusations of anti-semitism and CUPE complaint about criticism

>>> Grievance text G-7

>>> 2009.Sep.24 Memorandum of Settlement

OUTCOME: The University was required to remove and declare void all (six) of its letters of allegations, see Memorandum of Settlement

 


[8] 2007.Jan.03 Grievance G-8 - Unethical behaviour of Professor Alain St-Amant and harassment by the University

>>> Grievance text G-8   [with supporting documents, 71-pages]

>>> 2007.Nov.06 Dean's letter about controlling Professor St-Amant

>>> UofOWatch report of recent St-Amant behaviour

OUTCOME: Dean of the Faculty of Science intervenes, meets St-Amant several times, instructs St-Amant to stop, and sends Rancourt a letter (2007.Nov.06) of assurance that St-Amant's behaviour has and will stop.

 


[9] 2007.May.18 Grievance G-9 - Unethical behaviours of President, of VP-Academic, and of Dean, harassment, interference

>>> Grievance text G-9

OUTCOME: Rancourt's union (APUO) sees no problem with Rancourt being arbitrarily removed from all (three) the courses that he developed and that have a "science and society" theme, including the "Activism Course" (SCI 1101).

 


[10] 2007.Jul.09 Grievance G-10 - Dean's use of Star Chamber methods

>>> Grievance text G-10   [with all supporting documents]

STATUS: Folded into G-13 and G14.

[Note: "Star Chamber" definition/Wikipedia.]

 


[11] 2007.Aug.16 Grievance G-11 - "Politics and ethics in the physics profession" disallowed as a project topic in the Physics Department

>>> Grievance text G-11   [with all supporting documents, 84-pages]

STATUS: Required settlement attempt meeting failed; Under further consideration

 


[12] 2007.Sep.17 Grievance G-12 - Dean's Star Chamber again...

>>> Grievance text G-12  [with all supporting documents: all correspondence and court reporter transcript of meeting]

STATUS: Folded into G-13 and G14.

[Note: "Star Chamber" definition/Wikipedia.] 

 


[13] 2007.Dec.05 Grievance G-13 - Quoted in a press release against the cancellation of the "Activism Course"

>>> Grievance text G-13

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[14] 2007.Dec.10 Grievance G-14 - Too much social activism for Dean's taste in SCI 1101 Science in Society fall-2006 "Activism Course"

>>> Grievance text G-14

>>> 2007.Nov.20 Letter of Reprimand from Dean of the Faculty of Science Andre E. Lalonde

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[15] 2007.Dec.13 Grievance G-15 - Threatened with dismissal for assigning high grades in PHY1722 winter-2007

>>> Grievance text G-15

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[16] 2008.Feb.24 Grievance G-16 - Ideological censorship of UofOWatch blog; Letter of reprimand must be revoked

>>> Grievance text G-16   (and see related grievance G-19; and see description of disciplinary campaign against the UofOWath blog HERE)

STATUS: Required settlement attempt meeting failed; Under further consideration

 


[17] 2008.Sep.08 Grievance G-17 - University's refusal to assign any teaching using a bogus investigation as a pretext

>>> Grievance text G-17

>>> INSIDE VIEW: Court reporter transcript of the failed required settlement attempt meeting of 2009.Feb.27

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[18] 2008.Sep.12 Grievance G-18 - Unjustified attempt by dean Gary Slater to expel from School of Graduate Studies

>>> Grievance text G-18

>>> UofOWatch blog post about dean Gary Slater in this matter

>>> Public letter that stopped the ambush

>>> INSIDE VIEW: Court reporter transcript of the failed required settlement attempt meeting of 2009.Mar.03   [ PART-I , PART-II ]

STATUS: Required settlement attempt meeting failed; Under further consideration

 


[19] 2008.Oct.07 Grievance G-19 - Disciplinary suspension for UofOWatch blog

>>> Grievance text G-19   (and see description of disciplinary campaign against the UofOWath blog HERE)

>>> UofOWatch blog post about grievance G-19

>>> INSIDE VIEW: Court reporter transcript of the failed required settlement attempt meeting of 2009.Mar.05

STATUS: Required settlement attempt meeting failed; Under further consideration

 


[20] 2008.Dec.01 Grievance G-20 - Interference with Physics Project Course and unilateral de-registration of student

>>> Grievance text G-20

>>> INSIDE VIEW: Court reporter transcript of the failed required settlement attempt meeting of 2009.Mar.09

STATUS: Required settlement attempt meeting failed; Under further consideration

 


[21] 2008.Dec.15 Grievance G-21 - Definitive administrative suspension applied on Dec-10-2008

>>> Grievance text G-21

>>> Letter to former VP-Governance Nathalie Des Rosiers about the suspension (see Points-1 and 2)

>>> YouTube video of arrest by Ottawa Police arising from suspension (go to video of January 23, 2009)

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[22] 2008.Dec.22 Grievance G-22 - Laboratory lockout, procedural violations, false accusations of criminal act

>>> Grievance text G-22

>>> Letter to former VP-Governance Nathalie Des Rosiers about false accusations (see Point-7)

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[23] 2009.Jan.11 Grievance G-23 - Dismissal procedure violation of natural justice

>>> Grievance text G-23

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[24] 2009.Apr.16 Grievance G-24 - Dismissal of tenured Full Professor Denis Rancourt

>>> Grievance text G-24

>>> President Allan Rock's opinion about the dismissal

[Note: See grievance G-17 for an "INSIDE VIEW" discussion about the grading question as pretext...]

STATUS: Assumed by the union; Pending arbitration.

 


[25] 2009.Nov.22 Grievance G-25 - Covert surveillance of a professor and of students

>>> Grievance text G-25

>>> University's acknowledgment and opinion on receipt 

STATUS: Awaiting required settlement attempt meeting

 


[26] 2010.Sep.21 Grievance G-26 - Violation of academic freedom, global warming science

>>> Grievance text G-26

STATUS: Awaiting required settlement attempt meeting

 


[27] 2010.Oct.14 Grievance G27 – Unethical behaviours of employer and conspiracy to do harm, IPC Adjudication Order PO-2915

>>> Grievance text G-27

>>> Formal request to President Allan Rock to release documents, pursuant to FIPPA

STATUS: Awaiting required settlement attempt meeting