Controversial professor Dr. Rick Mehta has been dismissed from Acadia University. The Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) noted in a statement that they were notified of Dr. Mehta’s dismissal by the university on August 31st.
AUFA’s statement noted that “termination of a tenured professor is very serious, and AUFA has filed for arbitration while its Senior Grievance Officer and legal counsel examine the Administration’s disciplinary procedures and evidence.”
Under Article 14 of the 15th Collective Agreement ratified in early 2018, if an employee of AUFA fails to conduct themselves according to duties laid out in Article 15 then they are subject to a meeting with the Dean and faculty head. If the issue is not resolved the Dean undergoes an investigation and if just cause is found, submits a report to the Vice President Academic of the university.
Scott Roberts, Executive Director of Communications for the university, confirmed Dr. Mehta’s dismissal but noted that because it was a personnel issue he could not offer further comment.
George Philp, ASU President, noted that “as this is a human resources matter involving the University the ASU is not issuing any comment” and directed further media inquiries to Scott Roberts.