Report on Academic Freedom Investigation

It was also announced that Board of Governors Chair John Montalbano would step down.


On Thursday October 15, 2015 UBC held a press conference to release the summary report of investigation conducted by Hon. Lynn Smith, QC. The matter under investigation was as follows:

Whether John S. Montalbano, Chair of the Board of Governors, and/or individuals in the Sauder School of Business identified by the Faculty Association, conducted themselves in the events following Professor Jennifer Berdahl’s publication of her blog on August 8, 2015 in a manner that violated any provision of the Collective Agreement, the UBC Statement on Respectful Environment, or any applicable university policies including whether her academic freedom is or was interfered with in any way.

Members of the UBC Community were sent UBC's press release and a link to the summary report via broadcast email. If you did not receive the email, please review the link below. AAPS encourages all members to review the summary report as some of the outcomes of the report may have implications for M&P Staff.

Released by UBC

UBC Press Release

Summary Report

Open Letter from Dr. Martha Piper

Statement from John Montalbano

Media Coverage


Vancouver Sun:

Vancouver Sun:

Globe and Mail:

Georgia Straight:



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