Volume 94, Issue 83

Wednesday, February 28, 2001


Prof may have cheated - Quits under suspicion of academic fraud

Crime linked to abuse: study

Eight Trent protesters hole up in VP's office

Investigation continues into U of T grade-change charges

Gun registry asks biz sector for help - Advocacy group says gov't shooting itself in foot


His Royal Mintiness

Investigation continues into U of T grade-change charges

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

Controversy continues on the University of Toronto campus as an investigation continues into claims of falsified job applications of 30 first-year law students and a law professor who allegedly urged them on.

The first-year students are being investigated for possibly doctoring their first-term exam marks on their summer job applications. Denise Reaume, a professor in U of T's faculty of law, is also under investigation over rumours she may have encouraged the students' behaviour.

Reaume was tied to the investigation due to comments she allegedly made, which were published in the Feb. 13 edition of the law faculty's newspaper, the Ultra Vires, which quotes her as saying: "We must have the courage of our convictions to say to Bay Street that they don't need to know all the details of a student's progress."

The Ultra Vires article quoted Reaume saying that requiring first-year students to submit partial grades to employers was an unfair way of judging their abilities.

Anna-Maria Di stasio, president of the U of T student law society, said each accused student is being individually interviewed to determine his or her role in any possible wrongdoing.

"What was and wasn't said [to the students] and what impact it might or might not have had on the actions of the students must still be determined," said Paul Gooch, the vice-provost of U of T.

Gooch has formed a three-member committee of non-law faculty to investigate Reaume's involvement in the alleged deception, he said.

U of T's faculty of law has refused to publicly address Reaume's alleged actions until she returns from a conference in London, England and is given a chance to defend herself against the allegations.

Clayton Ruby, a Toronto lawyer representing 12 of the 30 students, said he does not approve of the investigation into the professor's actions, and defends her right to freedom of speech, but also stated his concern for the accused students. "My objective is to see these kids, who have a wonderful future, are not ruined by an error in judgment."

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