Petition update

Ivor Chen Receives Reduced Discipline

Graduate Employees' Organization

Feb 17, 2021 — 



On Tuesday, February 16th, Ivor Chen received a 'Disciplinary Update' in an email from the Office for Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR).

In this Update, Ivor was notified the Senate Committee for Student Discipline (SCSD) reconvened on February 16th to 'evaluate new information' related to his case*. The SCSD decided to officially modify Ivor's disciplinary decision, and to apply the following sanctions:

  1. Dismissal Held in Abeyance/Conduct Probation until graduation**.
  2. Two 1,000 word reflective essays.
  3. 25 hours of community service.

In other words, Ivor will be reinstated, effective immediately. The GEO is grateful to all members of the University community who supported Ivor's petition; to those who reached out to University administrators, state, and local representatives; to Faculty who have risked personal sanction on Ivor's behalf; and to all those who made this possible. 

While the GEO believes this is still a disproportionate and unreasonable sanction for Ivor's actions--which did not increase the community's risk of COVID-19 transmission, and were taken out of concern for his mother--we are glad the University has reversed Ivor's dismissal. 

The GEO repeats its call for an investigatory review into Ivor’s discipline, and other possible cases of unfair student discipline. The results of this review should be made public, as well as any resulting changes to the University disciplinary procedure or COVID-19 protocols.

Again the GEO reiterates that we support widespread testing as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For those members of our campus community and within our union that face significant risks to themselves and others by complying with the University administration’s testing policies however, exceptions should be made, and in no case should a graduate student be dismissed for sheltering in place.

Ivor will make a statement publicly available soon.



*All information related to Ivor’s actions, the actions of Ivor’s department and college, Ivor’s VISA status and the consequences of dismissal, information related to Ivor’s mother, and the support of Ivor’s department, college, and the GEO were all conveyed clearly to OSCR and the SCSD prior to Ivor’s appeal. It is not clear what new information the SCSD could have received. 

**Definitions of Dismissal Held in Abeyance and Conduct Probation are available here: 

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