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The name and medical history of a PhD math student at the heart of a University of Manitoba furore will not be made public during a labour hearing over the suspension of math Prof. Gabor Lukacs.
Arbitrator Arne Peltz agreed with U of M lawyers this morning that the student’s personal information will be limited to the generic words ‘student’ and ‘medical information’ during the hearing, and will be removed from any filed documents available to the public.
The student was awarded his PhD last fall despite failing a crucial mandatory exam, after claiming he suffered from extreme anxiety disorder.
Lukacs was suspended for three months in October after challenging the university’s awarding of the doctorate and allegedly disclosing the student’s name and personal health information.
He is grieving that suspension and also grieving a reprimand he received in December of 2009 over the same student’s situation.
U of M lawyer Ken Maclean told Peltz he will call two witnesses, dean of science Mark Whitmore and U of M president David Barnard.
U of M Faculty Association lawyer Garth Smorang said he will call expert witnesses in academic freedom. However, said Smorang, it appears that dean of graduate studies Jay Doering --- who made the decision to recommend that senate approve the student’s doctorate --- will not be called to testify.
The hearing runs for five days in May and June, and lawyers expect to need an additional four days this fall.
In a separate legal matter, a judge’s ruling is awaited on whether Lukacs has the legal right to sue the university in a bid to have the PhD rescinded.