A regular meeting of University
Senate held May 9, 2003
Tribunal chairs: Rector
Frederick Lowy proposed a motion adding a candidate to the pool of potential
chairs of these hearings. In this case, the candidate had taught a course
for Concordias non-credit arm, Continuing Education. After discussion
of possible conflict of interest, Dr. Lowy withdrew the motion for further
Dr. Lowy noted the change of government, and the fact that Pierre Reid,
a former rector of the Université de Sherbrooke and head of CREPUQ,
is now education minister. Reid has said he supports university autonomy,
and will maintain the tuition freeze. At Concordia, the rector noted the
Peace and Conflict project (see CTR, April 10) and efforts to establish
a centre for conflict resolution at the university.
The provost said that another objective has been added to the ongoing
planning exercise, that of increasing the proportion of graduates to undergraduates.
Sanctions for Sept. 9:
Slater and Cormier raised the case of Chadi Serhal, who was charged with
harassment and threatening or violent conduct on Sept. 9, 2002, and was
handed a five-year ban from Concordia premises. They claimed that at the
time, he was a student about to graduate and was taking continuing education
classes. The rector said that in fact, he had finished his program before
Sept. 9, so was no longer a student; moreover, he had not applied for
the non-credit course until November. However, because of the appearance
of possible unfairness, the matter had been sent to an outside law firm
for advice, which Vice-Rector Marcel Danis said would be rendered this
asked the rector for an explanation of remarks reported in the Canadian
Jewish News that he allegedly made at a Canadian Legion meeting, and
gave three examples from the article.
Student union accreditation:
The Quebec government is reviewing its policy, and in answer to a student
senators questions, Concordia has submitted a brief. It is available
from the rectors office.