Memorial University has filed an appeal of the decision
rendered in the recent Supreme Court, Trial Division, case
involving former student Wanda Young.
In early October a jury had awarded Ms. Young a total of
$839,400 in damages relating to her complaint against the
university and Social Work professors Leslie Bella and William
Rowe (former director of the School of Social Work).
The jury of six found in favour of Ms. Young in the civil
suit claiming that the university and its professors had
breached a “duty of care” typically owed to
students when they reported a suspected case of child abuse.
The professors’ report was based on an academic paper
written by Ms. Young. It transpired that the material which
had raised the initial suspicion had been copied from another
publication and not authored by Ms. Young.
The university disagreed with the jury’s decision
on a number of grounds and launched the appeal.
The Notice of Appeal cites errors made by the jury, the
trial judge and Ms. Young’s solicitor.
It is anticipated that it may take a year for the case to
be heard by the Court of Appeal.