Memorial University hired an investigator, Lawyer Kimberley Horwood, as part of the Student Code of Conduct complaint by the Chief Risk Officer Greg McDougall against student activist Matt Barter. She was paid $9,113.75 by the university just to conduct an investigation, according to a recently obtained ATIPP request.
This is just one of the expenses MUN has had in this investigation. It is noteworthy that employees paid by the university have been involved in this case, too. MUN has lawyers and other professionals on its payroll who have taken part in my case.
I have long published examples of what I see as administrative bloat at the university. In my opinion, the case against me is yet another example of this kind of spending. It’s not hard to imagine how $9,000 could have been better spent to benefit the university community. Even accounting for the over 100% increase in tuition coming into place this year, $9,000 would be enough to pay for 15 courses. Instead of investigating me, couldn’t MUN have been spent this money giving a scholarship to a disadvantaged student?
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to spent money like MUN does, which is why I have started a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise the funds I need to bring MUN to court. You can contribute here.
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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.