SFU’s Administrative Culture:
“Up On Dat Mountain, Dey Is Stuck Real Good”
Our campaign to persuade the SFU administration to institute an independent review of the “Ogden decision” benefitted from the more general turmoil at SFU during a period when the relationship between the administration and the faculty association was souring. The ensuing description of this turmoil at SFU also shows how administrators selectively defended or dismissed confidentiality depending on whether or not it served their self-interest. In the process, it reveals that there can be serious consequences for administrators who violate university policies.
Ted Palys is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. His areas of research and teaching include research methods and the sociology of knowledge; relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally; and the ethics and law of research confidentiality. He lives in Vancouver.
John Lowman is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He studies prostitution, prostitution law, and prostitution law enforcement in Canada. Since 1997 he has written with Ted Palys extensively about the ethics and law of research confidentiality. He lives in Vancouver.