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Vol 39  No 2
Aug. 31, 2006



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Katz report received

The report from Dr. Shirley Katz has been received by the university and is currently being reviewed. Dr. Katz was commissioned by Memorial’s president, Dr. Axel Meisen, to undertake an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the employment experience of the late Dr. Deepa Khosla, to study whether Memorial’s policies, procedures and practices on harassment are disseminated and effective, and to determine whether the university’s climate is supportive and welcoming to women.

Dr. Meisen said the Katz Report contains valuable insights and makes some recommendations. As it also contains a great deal of personal information that raises individual privacy protection issues, he explained that the university is working with legal counsel to address these concerns before engaging in fuller communications with the university community about the results of the investigation.

“Dr. Katz has undertaken an important and sensitive task,” said Dr. Meisen. “We are mindful of the need to balance legitimate, individual privacy considerations while ensuring maximum benefit to the university community is gained from the report.”

Dr. Katz is an associate professor of Humanities at York University. She holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and earned her LLB from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Bar of Ontario. A former associate dean of Arts and associate to the legal counsel at York University, Dr. Katz has extensive experience with harassment and discrimination issues, has conducted numerous investigations and has been in the forefront of training investigators.

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