CUASA president speaks out as Carleton nears CAUT censure vote deadline

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)—a nationwide association of 70,000 academic professionals from 122 Canadian universities—is gearing up to take censure action over an alleged lack of transparency on Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG). According to Root Gorelick, president of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), when the CAUT held a meeting in May, its executive committee delayed censuring Carleton in order to give the BoG a chance to amend its freedom of speech policies. “Carleton didn’t do anything [to avoid censure],” Gorelick said. In 2016, The Charlatan reported that Gorelick’s application to run for another three-year term on the BoG was refused. Steven Reid, Carleton’s media relations officer, said at the time, that Gorelick’s application was turned down partly […]

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Alastair Summerlee named Carleton’s interim president

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) has announced the appointment of Alastair Summerlee as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor. Summerlee will take over from current Carleton president and vice-chancellor Roseann Runte to become the university’s 14th president. Summerlee served two terms as president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph (U of G), Chris Carruthers, chair of the BoG, stated in a press release. “As president, he championed the importance of the student experience and teaching and learning, while also continuing to teach, supervise graduate students and conduct his own research,” Carruthers said. “His leadership experience, combined with his commitment to social justice and international development, will bring great value to the Carleton community.” According to the press release, Summerlee began his […]

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BoG approves ancillary budgets

At its most recent meeting on March 23, Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) voted to approve the 2017-18 ancillary budgets. The ancillary budgets represent units that operate outside the operations of the university, and aren’t included in the operating revenues or expenses of the university. Three out of the nine ancillary fees are taken directly from student tuition fees.   Ed Kane, Carleton’s assistant vice-president (university services), went through each of the nine ancillary budgets up for approval. Physical Recreation and Athletics With $18 million in deferred maintenance, Athletics has the second-highest deferred maintenance costs of all nine units included in the ancillary budget. The department is expecting to run a $1.18 million deficit. While ancillary units are meant to […]

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Editorial: Runte resignation signals fresh start

Carleton President Roseann Runte announced on March 24 that she would be resigning her post, effective July 31. Runte has been the head of the university for nine years, taking on the job in 2008 and seeking a second term in 2012. This change in leadership represents an opportunity for a fresh start for Carleton, and especially for the university’s Board of Governors (BoG). A number of contentious issues on campus, including the passing of the Sexual Violence Policy, rising tuition fees, and changes limiting the ability of BoG members to express their dissent on actions or decisions taken by the Board, have created a disconnect between students and the university. For nearly a decade, Runte has played a key […]

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Letter: Sexual Violence Policy still not good enough

In response to feedback provided by several groups—including a strong response by the undergraduate body—the vice-president (students and enrolment) Suzanne Blanchard made several amendments to the Sexual Violence Policy Draft before it was presented and eventually passed by the Board of Governors.  On Dec. 1, 2016 the Carleton Board of Governors passed the Carleton Sexual Violence Policy with protestors chanting “not our policy” outside Richcraft Hall. On a board with 31 sitting members, the only individuals who voted against passing the policy were three student representatives: Fahd Alhattab, Greg Owens, and Michael Büeckert. Although the changes did improve the policy, they are not enough. They are not enough to ensure a just complaint process that respects the wishes of survivors. […]

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