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It will be at least next summer before math professor Gábor Lukács learns if his suspension for challenging the University of Manitoba over a controversial PhD will be overturned.
Arbitrator Arne Peltz notified the U of M Faculty Association on Monday that Lukács' grievances over his suspension without pay and his reprimand by U of M will be heard June 6, 13, 27, 28 and 30 of 2011.
However, Peltz noted, the sittings on June 27 and 28 are tentative, subject to another matter which may have to be heard on those dates.
UMFA president Prof. Cameron Morrill said Monday that Lukács has been suspended without pay for three months. That suspension expires Dec. 31, and UMFA expects that he will be back on the job Jan. 1, 2011.
"Our understanding is that he will be reinstated once it is over," Morrill said.
U of M suspended Lukács after alleging Lukács had made public the private health information of a student awarded a PhD in mathematics at the fall convocation.
The student reportedly twice failed the mandatory comprehensive exam for doctoral candidates, then appealed on the grounds that he suffers from a disability of extreme examination anxiety.
Dean of graduate studies Jay Doering waived some of the requirements for the degree.
Lukács is taking the university to court Nov. 30 in an attempt to overturn the awarding of the doctorate.
U of M public affairs director John Danakas said the university has rarely rescinded a degree, and then only if academic fraud emerged.
Danakas was unaware if the university has the authority to rescind a degree awarded through no fault of a student.
Danakas would not say what will happen to Lukács in January. He said he could not comment on confidential individual disciplinary matters, but said it is usual that employees return to work once a suspension has expired.
Meanwhile, Danakas said another student has come forward alleging his privacy was violated.
Last week, Graduate Students Association vice-president academic Peter Nawrot gave several examples in an interview of students whom he said had been awarded degrees on compassionate grounds without fulfilling all the requirements. Nawrot said he had been a member of the senate appeals committee, which reviewed the requested exemptions and made recommendations to U of M's senate.
Danakas said the student who came forward believes Nawrot revealed sufficient details about the student to make him identifiable.
"He's feeling his privacy was violated," Danakas said.