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Date: April 14, 2000

UVic Decision Re: Dr. Jean Veevers

The University of Victoria's Board of Governors has endorsed UVic President Dr. David Strong's recommendation to dismiss sociology professor Dr. Jean Veevers. The board decision follows a unanimous determination by an arbitration panel that the university had cause to dismiss her. The panel report was delivered to the university on April 12. Veever's dismissal is effective immediately.

The panel was appointed under the tenure document to review the issue after Dr. Strong formally notified Dr. Veevers of his intention to recommend her dismissal in Dec. 1998. This action followed the review of evidence tendered at her sentencing hearing on convictions for cultivation of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. She was suspended and relieved of her duties. Dr. Veevers then exercised her right to have the matter submitted to arbitration. The panel's findings were final and binding on both parties.

The three person panel comprised one person nominated by Dr. Strong, one person nominated by the president of the faculty association and a chair selected jointly by the first two members.

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