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GSAED Councillors Wish to Discipline Student Senator over Pay Equity Request

December 19, 2011

The GSAED Council has struck a disciplinary committee to investigate Senator Joseph Hickey’s request to be payed as a student Senator at the same rate as professors on Senate.  (See President Rock’s response, here).

The disciplinary committee motion was submitted by Councillor for Physics, Tyler Shendruk.  The text of Mr. Shendruk’s motion is  included in a Dec. 13, 2011 letter from the Council Chair to Joseph Hickey, informing him about the initiation of the disciplinary process.

Apparently, asking for pay equity these days is grounds for discipline by your own Association?

And it looks like a student association Council thinks it can discipline a student Senator elected directly to Senate by students?

Joseph Hickey’s response to the GSAED Council Chair is below, and in detail — HERE.


From: Joseph Hickey
To: Olivier Desharnais-Roy (Council Chair, GSAED)
Cc: GSAED Council Members
Date: December 18, 2011
Subject: Disciplinary Committee for Senate work outside of GSAED jurisdiction

Dear Olivier Desharnais-Roy,

This is in response to your letter to me of Dec. 13, 2011 (below) regarding a motion made at the Nov. 29, 2011 GSAED Council meeting to strike a disciplinary committee regarding my request for payment to the University Administrative Committee for my work at U of O Senate.

I made that request as a Senator, not as a GSAED Councillor.  The GSAED does not have jurisdiction to discipline me for Senate work.  Only the Senate can discipline me for my work as Senator.

I therefore ask that you quash the Nov. 29 motion, for the reason that this matter is outside of the GSAED’s jurisdiction.

If you need more explanation (you should not) then please see the attached letter dated Dec. 18, 2011.

Joseph Hickey

Cc: GSAED Councillors, made public

From: Olivier Desharnais-Roy (GSAED Council Chair)
To: Joseph Hickey
Cc: Internal Commissioner, GSAED
Date: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Subject: Motion pertaining to your actions as Science Rep, SenateHi,
Please find attached a letter from the GSAÉD Council Chair.
I remain available to answer any question you may have.Regards,

Olivier Desharnais-Roy
Président d’assemblée, GSAÉD
Council Chair, GSAÉD
3 Comments leave one →
  1. steve permalink
    December 19, 2011 6:26 am

    I just find so much of the opeating of this institution echoes Amateur Hour. I am constantly looking at the running of one university run by a non-academic (U of O) and another run by an academic (UBC) and find myself desperately wanting to find a new job with a university headed by an academic only and once again. I just wanted to add that the report that was published recently about universities’ protection of freedom of speech on campuses across Canada places the University of Ottawa in last place for failure to protect free speech on campus (Ann Coulter’s sloppy handling figured centrally in this placement). And now this nonsense coming from among the students. Students behave the way they are administered, I suspect. Just my opinion, so no suing required…. (Imagine one has to preface everything one says as “my opinion” for fear of litigation…. that says something about the campus climate.)

    • December 19, 2011 3:53 pm

      @ Steve,

      Incidentally, Tyler Shendruk’s PhD thesis supervisor is Graduate Studies Dean (and Senate member), Gary Slater. See here and here.

  2. January 3, 2012 3:56 pm

    Update :: Nov. 29, 2011 Disciplinary Committee motion quashed by Council Chair in response to J. Hickey’s e-mail of Dec. 18, 2011

    Dec. 19, 2011 letter from the Council Chair sent to all Councillors available HERE.

    Dec. 19, 2011 letter from the Council Chair sent to J. Hickey available HERE.

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