Len Findlay, the author of a report into the affair by CAUT, is quoted as saying:
People with great integrity and credibility insisted on speaking off the record because they feared consequences. If you are not a 'team player' — that's one of the operating euphemisms — if you're not onside with the administration's vision of where the institution is going and how it should get there, then things can be made quite uncomfortable for you."I think this echoes some of the concerns expressed on this blog about anonymous posting. I do think people need to be very careful when they stick their head above the parapet and offer opinions that don't conform to the administrative group-think. It is a very legitimate concern for anyone who doesn't have tenure (the majority of AASUA members). And even if you have tenure, this is a path that does not lead to a Chair or Dean's office, or god forbid, UHall!