Thursday, November 24, 2016

Author Steven Galloway confirms sexual assault accusation in first statement after UBC firing

Fun while it lasted
VANCOUVER — Author Steven Galloway has issued his first statement since he was suspended a year ago by the University of British Columbia over what it has only described as “serious allegations.”
He was fired as creative writing chairman in June under a veil of secrecy. He said in the statement issued Wednesday by his lawyers that the “harm flowing from UBC’s conduct” has reached such a level that he asked his counsel to provide clarity.
Galloway confirms that he was accused of sexual assault but says the only complaint substantiated by a former judge’s investigation was that he had an affair with a student.
“Mr. Galloway profoundly regrets his conduct and wishes to apologize for the harm that it has caused. He does not seek to minimize it or to hide from it,” the statement says.
“He seeks fair treatment for all involved, and an end to the scurrilous assertions and accusations that have proliferated in the vacuum of information.”
The university tasked Mary Ellen Boyd, a former B.C. Supreme Court judge, with investigating complaints against Galloway in December. Her report, submitted in April, has never been made public.  (more...)


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