UBC fires author and creative writing instructor Steven Galloway

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      Novelist Steven Galloway's profile has been deleted from the UBC website.

      This came after the former chair of the creative writing program was fired by the UBC board of governors, according to a Globe and Mail article.

      Galloway, 45, was suspended with pay last year after "serious allegations" were made against him last November.

      In a memo posted on the UBC creative writing website, the university did not not offer any specifics, noting that the priority was "attending to the safety, health and wellbeing of all members of our community".

      “For students, there are multiple places to reach out for confidential support on Campus,” the memo stated. “UBC Counselling Services...provides free one-on-one counselling to support students in a respectful, safe, and supportive environment.”

      The UBC Faculty Association subsequently criticized the university's approach, claiming that Galloway "has a legal right to privacy regarding matters pertaining to his employment status". 

      In December, the university appointed a retired judge, Mary Ellen Boyd, to conduct an investigation, which is what led to Galloway's dismissal, according to the Globe and Mail.