University of Victoria professor grieves after being removed from committee

Institution ordered to apologize for conflict accusation
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/03/2018

After the chair of a committee at the University of Victoria found out the identity of a committee member’s husband, the professor was told to leave the board due to a “reasonable perception” of bias.

The presidential appointment committee (PAC) consisted of 20 employees, including one from each of the university’s departments, who were nominated by their departments. 

Lin Cai had worked in the department of electrical and computer engineering since 2005, and she joined the committee in early 2017. She was married to Jianping Pan, a member of the computer science department who was suspended by university president Jamie Cassels for 30 days without pay, because of “a finding of fairly serious culpability.”