Massey University responds

Two responses from Massey University today in response to Massey Vice Chancellor appears to have lied over Brash ban – Jan Thomas has backed her controversial position, but there two motions of censure have been put to the Massey Academic Board.

Not surprisingly that was widely criticised as it didn’t really address her misleading or false claims.

Newstalk ZB:  Massey University board tables motions to censure Vice Chancellor

Some on Massey University’s board are moving against its Vice-Chancellor, after she stopped Don Brash from speaking at the Palmerston North campus.

Two motions have been tabled to censure Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas, after emails were revealed showing she grappled with Brash’s speaking engagement before cancelling the event over security concerns.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Chris Gallivan told Larry Williams the first motion simply relates to the cancellation.

“The second is a censure relating to the information upon which the decision was made, which is still relatively unclear. The emails that have come out have been most unfortunate.”

Gallivan says the board will vote on the motions when they meet in a month.

He says if the motions pass, it will effectively be a telling off, and won’t directly affect Thomas’s job.

Good to see the motions of censure, but not addressing it for a month seems ridiculous, this will drag it out, with a stink remaining over free speech at Massey.

And it sounds like any vote in favour of censure will be little more than mildly symbolic.

Another interview with Galliven at RNZ:

Massey vice-chancellor under fire after release of emails

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13 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 19, 2018

    Spineless and corrupt Uni Council trying to bury this.

  2. Tipene

     /  September 19, 2018

    This is their first default response – it will not be their last, forced response.

    She is gone.

    • artcroft

       /  September 19, 2018

      I hope not, but I suspect they’ll just try and wait for the up roar to pass and then go back to business as normal. I wouldn’t have faith in any academic institution in NZ to back free speech with anything stronger than lip service.

      • Tipene

         /  September 19, 2018

        Wait until the enrolment numbers plummet……………

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 20, 2018

          They may not; anyone in the area would have to think very seriously about going elsewhere, and have to decide if it was worth it.

          • Tipene

             /  September 20, 2018

            Job Interviewer: “Where did you study?”

            Prospective Job Applicant: “University of Mass….”

            Job Interviewer: “Next!”

            Somehow, I suspect geographical location will be far, far down the list of concerns for students looking for a place to study, given that a qualification from Massey will now be viewed through the same lens as one may view Quilton 3-ply bog paper.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 20, 2018

              The problem will be that locals may not have much option.

              If the VC goes, all may be well. She will HAVE to go. The university will look ridiculous if she doesn’t.

  3. Rickmann

     /  September 19, 2018

    Massey. The safe university where your children will not be exposed to non PC thoughts.

    • PDB

       /  September 19, 2018

      If Massey is like this one can only imagine what the others are like.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 19, 2018

        According to Corky, Auckland University had/has’ Big Daddy Hayes’ who helped him with orgone accumulators and cloudbusters; he was given BDH’s name by Jonathon Eisen, the world-famous microbiologist. He hasn’t decided if this is the real Mr Hayes at AU (a geneticist) or another one who doesn’t appear on the list of academic staff members,

        If this is true (ahem) it is not very likely to inspire confidence in the science faculty at AU. Or the staff who believe in and give instructions on these things, which have been thoroughly disproved.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 19, 2018

        I find it veru hard to believe that any of the others have such a stupid VC. In my day they were pretty sharp cookies. This one is just thick.

      • Corky

         /  September 19, 2018

        ”If Massey is like this one can only imagine what the others are like.”

        Simple mathematics. People like Jan Thomas infest our education system. Of more concern to me are the many people like Jan Thomas who are teaching young minds in primary schools and colleges.

        • Tipene

           /  September 19, 2018

          I’ve worked in both publically funded and privately funded academic organisations. The only thing that surprises me about this story is how long it took for this stuff to come bubbling into the public consciousness.

          To save time: Thomas is not an outlier – she is simply an excellent example of what has become the academic norm in NZ.