Monday, January 7, 2019

Oye oye: Protest planned as Brock prof returns to class

Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker
A public demonstration at Brock University is being planned for next week when a professor disciplined for sexual harassment returns to the classroom after an almost three-year absence.

David Schimmelpenninck (van der Oye), a professor of Russian history, is scheduled to begin teaching a second-year, non-compulsory course starting Thursday. The move comes after Brock received a binding arbitration decision on Dec. 14 requiring Schimmelpenninck be permitted to return to the classroom.

"In general, people are pretty angry," said Manchari Paranthahan of social and environmental justice organization OPIRG Brock and a graduate of the school.

The organization and Brock Student Justice Centre are holding a meeting on Monday to talk about possible responses to Schimmelpenninck's return to teaching.

Besides organizing a public demonstration, she said the groups are trying to share the information widely so students enrolled in the course are aware of the teacher.

"It's filled people up with a lot of steam and they've really been motivated to do something," Paranthahan said, adding former and current students have been sharing the news on social media.  (more...)

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