Conflict of interest.

Memorial University has created a paid staff position through its Chief Risk Officer Greg McDougall with the responsibility for filing complaints against students on behalf of Memorial administration. It sets a precedent for using the Student Code of Conduct to silence anti-administration protests and should not be permitted.

If the Chief Risk Officer is the complainant, should they also be allowed to be involved in the planning with the university administration?

A recently obtained ATIPP request reveals that Greg MacDougall was a co-author of MUN’s statement to the media regarding the December 2, 2021, protest event. See ATIPP file below:

Another recently obtained ATIPP request reveals that Greg MacDougall is one of the main actors within the administration’s planning regarding the situation, as seen through an email trail. He was also a part of the decision to implement the interim measure of a campus ban before the investigation process even began. Should this be allowed?

Why can’t Memorial have an unbiased process with a neutral party?

Download ATIPP files below:

Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.


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