The battle at DeGroote is covered by more than 15,000 pages of records, including emails, letters, complaints and reports.
A number of the records summarize the circumstances or recap testimony, including the key documents posted below. (The links are to PDF versions of the documents.)
Board-Senate Hearing Panel for Sexual Harassment/Anti-Discrimination
Under the McMaster University Anti-Discrimination Policy
DECISION – May 2013
Many previously undisclosed details are in this document, which also recaps a 21-day in-camera hearing before a university Tribunal, March 3-June 6, 2012.
The Tribunal accepted 2,694 documents into evidence and heard testimony from 65 witnesses as it examined claims and counter-claims generated by the bizarre feud inside the school.
One of its key findings? That complaints “do not establish that the individual respondent Mr. Paul Bates engaged in harassment.” The Tribunal said that “Mr. Bates was a lightning rod but he was not the cause of the poisoned academic/work environment.”
Read the full report here: Tribunal Decision May 2013
Board-Senate Hearing Panel for Sexual Harassment/Anti-Discrimination – Under the McMaster University Anti-Discrimination Policy – REMEDY DECISION – September, 2013
All the penalties – suspensions, orders for sensitivity training, removal from positions of authority – are in this Tribunal document.
The Tribunal concluded that long suspensions were needed to allow injured faculty to move ahead with their careers and to allow the school to heal by removing the people deemed to be most responsible for the poisoned work environment.
Read the full report here: Remedy Decision September, 2013
Report to the President – December 15, 2010
The Committee was set up after reports of harassment, bullying, abusive & disrespectful behaviour, as well as evidence of overall dysfunction at the school. The committee’s role was to recommend how to bring about a productive work environment.
“If strong willed personalities are . . . involved,” this report says, “then a tone of discord can develop leading to a highly tense atmosphere or, at worst, a state of dysfunction within the Faculty. This describes the current situation in the DeGroote School of Business.”
Read the full report here: Dec 15 2010 Advisory Committee Report
A previous version of the report contains a graph that shows the deep divisions. Committee members interviewed 60 faculty and staff, divided into three categories:
-Those strongly supportive of Paul Bates as dean
-Those strongly opposed
-Those who wanted to be seen as neutral or did not clearly express their inclinations
Read the full report here: Dec 11 2010 Advisory Committee Report