An independent review into the hiring for the position of director of the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the U of T’s Faculty of Law found that external influence did not play a role in the decision to discontinue the search. Such an inference was the basis of an allegation made by some that academic freedom had been breached. But the review concluded this was unjustified.
The review, by the Hon. Thomas Cromwell, C.C., former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, concluded the candidate was not hired for this professional manager (PM4) (non-academic) role because of immigration and timing issues, and not as a result of external influence. While negotiations were at an advanced stage, no formal job offer had been made or rescinded. The University has adopted all of the recommendations in the Cromwell report.
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Censure Against University of Toronto
Subsequent action by the Canadian Association of University Teachers to censure the University has been disappointing and is not supported by Mr. Cromwell’s findings.
The University is strongly committed to upholding the principles and practice of academic freedom and merit-based hiring, free of external interference.
- Faculty of Law resumes the hiring process for the Director of the International Human Rights Program (June 7, 2021)
- Memo from the Provost and the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity re. the CAUT Censure (May 27, 2021)
- President’s letter to the community regarding the CAUT vote (April 23, 2021)
- President’s letter to faculty and librarians regarding the IHRP program (April 20, 2021)
- President’s letter to CAUT (April 20, 2021)
- President’s response to the Cromwell Report (March 29, 2021)
- President’s letter to CAUT regarding the Cromwell Report (March 29, 2021)