TRUFA votes to apply for judicial review of TRU’s program closure

The Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association has reportedly voted to take TRU to court over its handling of the decision to cut four visual arts programs, citing issues with the decision process. TRUFA President Tara Lyster told Castanet that TRUFA is concerned with process not following its typical order: “One of our biggest concerns is that the student enrolment was suspended and then the process was enacted, in what we could see.” TRU Provost and VP Academic Gillian Balfour agreed that the steps were followed out of order, but that the process was followed in a manner that stayed true to the “spirit of the policy.” TRUFA first indicated its plan to seek legal advice in January when the program cuts were announced; Castanet reports that if TRUFA’s application for a judicial review is successful, a BC Supreme Court judge will be asked to review the situation.

Castanet | Castanet (January)