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No policy on removing Queen’s rector

Undergrads voted to impeach Nick Day, but no one knows what to do next


 

Despite a referendum recommending the impeachment of Queen’s rector Nick Day, no one at the university appears to have a clue what to do next. Following a senate meeting on Wednesday, Queen’s president Daniel Woolf said “The University Council has no power to remove the rector.” University Council includes representation from both the Board of Trustees and the Senate.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, undergraduate students voted 72 per cent to recommend the Council remove Day from office, largely in response to an open letter he wrote, and signed with his official title, criticizing Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s denunciation of Israeli Apartheid Week, and alleging that a “genocide” was occurring against Palestinians.

However, while University Council by-laws outline the procedure for installing a rector after a student vote, the Queen’s Journal reports that there is no policy for removing a rector. “There’s absolutely no statement or guidance at all about what the University Council could or couldn’t do,” University Secretariat Georgina Moore told the student paper.

Another point of contention is that the impeachment vote only included undergraduate students but graduate students also have a say in electing the rector in the first place. At an annual general meeting of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students this week, a motion to “Support Academic Freedom and Queen’s University Rector Nick Day” was passed.

The executive committee of the University Council will decide how to proceed and will consider the conflicting positions of undergraduate and graduate students.


 
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No policy on removing Queen’s rector

  1. This is about more than Nick Day’s letter to Michael Ignatieff. It is about an orchestrated campaign to misrepresent Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, and the fact that Israel is an apartheid state under international law.
    It is a campaign that runs on lies, intimidation, and on money – for lobbies like Israel on Campus which organized this ambush of Nick Day; for politicians; and for cash strapped universities.
    It was vain for those of us who went to Queen’s to think our alma mater would not eventually succumb but it is still painful to watch Queen’s betray all that it has stood for in terms of academic integrity.
    The only way to end this new McCarthyism is to say,loud and clear, that the Emperor has no clothes every time the campaign rears its ugly head on campus, or elsewhere. In the meantime, it would be good if the new Queen’s President showed less concern about punishing the Rector for how he signed his letters, and more about punishing those who have sent the Rector death threats.

    • Nick is a courageous man who spoke the truth.

  2. The Graduate Student Motion supporting day was passed by a vote of 99 to 42, which is hardly like the massive vote to remove Day in the AMS referrendum where more students voted to impeach him than he got votes to make him rector in the frist place.

    Even if you add those 99 votes to Day’s cause, the overwhelming majority of Qyeen’s Students want that perpetual undergrad idiot turfed.

  3. “This is about more than Nick Day’s letter to Michael Ignatieff. It is about an orchestrated campaign to misrepresent Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, and the fact that Israel is an apartheid state under international law.”

    Please cite to the international law, convention, treaty or declaration that describes Isreal as an Apartheid state.

    • Under International Law Israel has built illegal Jewish settlements on occupied land. The settlements are connected by roads from which Palestinians are prohibited. As a result they have to go around through checkpoints. The whole policy is designed to harass Palestinians. Israel also has discriminate against the Palestinians. Apartheid is a good term to describe Israel’s behavior. Anti Apartheid fighters like Desmond Tutu has spoken against the Israeli treatment of Palestinians.

  4. Sandra: If you are a Queen’s grad I am ashamed to be in your company.

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