Volume 96, Issue 1

Thursday, May 23, 2002
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Haylor case closed

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Board 2002-2003

Haylor case closed

Children have been known to take care of demands to clean the house by sweeping things under the rug – you would expect more out of a university.

Western football player Phillippe Beaudry's complaint with Western's equity services department stating Mustang head coach Larry Haylor verbally abused him was withdrawn last week by Western VP-administration Peter Mercer. Mercer said Beaudry breached a confidentiality agreement between himself and equity services by speaking to members of the media.

Beaudry spokesperson Nick Gurr has taken exception to the notion Beaudry violated any confidentiality clause. Gurr said the onus of confidentiality for cases filed with equity services lies with equity services and its employees – not Beaudry or who ever else may be filing a complaint.

It's a classic "he said, she said" debacle.

If confidentiality was such a top priority during the current Haylor/Beaudry affair, one is left to wonder why the issue still seems shrouded in so much gray. Haylor said it was explained to him from the outset that he was not to speak to the media, but whether Beaudry was ever properly informed of the ramifications of speaking with the media remain unclear. He needed to be made explicitly aware of any policy which governed his subsequent actions, as well as their impact upon equity services' ongoing review of his complaint. The Beaudry party believes they were not given such notice.

It matters little who is right or wrong – Western clearly took the easy way out of this situation. Nobody looking at this scenario from an objective point of view is going to see any clear resolution.

Would it not have been in the university's best interest to at least give the impression they went through an exhaustive process before arriving at their conclusion? It would certainly go a long way in clearing Haylor's name and give those who think nothing could be done to dislodge him from his position a reason to reconsider.

Instead, the university's decision has left them open to criticism. The withdrawal of Beaudry's equity services investigation seems like a quick fix to what was an increasingly embarrassing problem for Western.

Haylor, his team and Western athletics' reputation have all been partially damaged by Beaudry's allegation. The fact that no solid conclusion will ever be unveiled may leave a lingering stain upon all three.

Whatever the reasoning, it seems as though the Phillippe Beaudry/Larry Haylor controversy will fade away as quickly as it appeared. One thing remains clear, even if they were following equity services procedure, the university may have set itself a lack-lustre precedent regarding how to deal with future complaints.

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