Thompson Rivers University says it is investigating after complaints were filed against two senior executives.
The university said in a statement that an independent subcommittee had been established to investigate the allegations received by anonymous email. The investigation is expected to be completed by March 2022, but the university says it will last longer if needed.
“The subcommittee worked with independent and Indigenous investigators, and legal counsel to put in place all appropriate and defensible safeguards for complainants to maintain the integrity of the investigation,” said Marilyn McLean, President of the Board of Directors of TRU. in a press release Wednesday morning.
“At present, these claims must be proven, confirmed and substantiated. Until the investigation is completed and the findings and recommendations are made, it would be unfair and unfair for action to be taken against these individuals, ”McLean said.
According to reports from Kamloops This Week and CBC, the complaints originate from at least 13 current and former TRU employees, and the allegations are against Matt Milovick, vice president of finance and administration, and Larry Phillips, vice – associate president of people and cultural.
According to the report, the complainants allege Indigenous racism, sexual harassment, misogynistic comments and intimidation by Milovick and Phillips. The allegations have not been proven.
The complaint was reportedly filed on February 8.
Milovick oversees the budget and administration of the university, and in fiscal year 2020-21, he was the third highest paid executive at the university, behind President and Vice Chancellor Brett Fairbairn and the provost and vice-president Christina Bovis-Knossen, who resigned at the end of June.
Phillips manages human resources and personnel matters at TRU, including hiring decisions for university staff.