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Old 05-28-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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University of Ottawa Doctoral Candidate Withdrawn from Program despite extraordinary academic achievements, evidence of bias, and administrative injustices


(OTTAWA, May 27, 2013) Ė Mr. Nicholas Ali, former PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, was informed on May 10, 2013 that his appeal with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) Executive Committee was denied.

After over 5 years of research, tireless hard work, and publishing his doctoral thesis in several international peer-reviewed authoritative scientific journals, Mr. Aliís appeal to defend his doctoral thesis orally was denied. Mr. Aliís appeal clearly presented evidence of a thesis examiner admitted bias, conflict of interest between thesis examiner and studentís supervisor, and the Dean of FGPS review of the studentís thesis even though the Dean of FGPS has no knowledge in the studentís study domain. Evidence of lack of procedural fairness and transparency in the evaluation of the studentís thesis, as well as violation of university regulations are claimed against the University and its staff in Mr. Aliís appeal.

Furthermore, despite the facts and overwhelming evidence to support these facts presented in Mr. Aliís appeal, despite the fact that the Dean of FGPS whose decision was under appeal refused to recuse himself during Mr. Aliís appeal hearing with the Executive Committee, and despite the FGPS rather weak documentation submitted telling their side of the story regarding Mr. Aliís appeal, Mr. Ali was denied the dignity to defend his thesis orally, forced to withdraw from his studies, and will not graduate with his degree.

Among the FPGSí Executive Committee members reviewing his appeal are Dr. Ross Hastings, Dr. Timothy Stanley, Dr. Martin Bouchard, Dr. Catherine Bielajew, Dr. Sylvie Perrier, Dr. Margaret Moriarty, and Dr. Anne Donovan. Among the individuals involved in the examination of his doctoral thesis are Dr. Ross Hastings Ė Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies, Dr. Gordon Robertson Ė Supervisor, Dr. Ghomalreza Rouhi Ė Co-supervisor, Dr. Edward Lemaire Ė Thesis examiner, Dr. Graham Caldwell Ė Thesis examiner, Dr. Michael Pierrynowski Ė Thesis examiner, and Dr. Michel Labrosse Ė Thesis examiner.

The appeal reveals strong evidence of prejudice and malfeasance of some faculty members in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Ottawa and exposes some of the procedural injustices faced by graduate students. The appeal, supported by extensive evidence, also illustrates the absence of transparency, no full disclosure, as well as many flagrant injustices by university staff. The appeal hearing on May 7th 2013 also met with flagrant procedural injustices, the absence of transparency, no full disclosure, as well as administrative malpractices by FGPS Executive committee members. Mr. Aliís last chance of appeal is at the Universityís Senate Appeals Committee where all he seeks is fairness. Your voice and presence can make a difference.

All relevant information regarding this appeal can be found at Nicholas Ali | Doctoral student at the University of Ottawa forced to withdraw from PhD program despite the fact his thesis was accepted and published in peer reviewed international journals, as well as submitting evidence to show prejudice, lack of

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Nicholas Ali
n7ali@yahoo.ca
Ph: 1-613-884-7559
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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So how do you want us to help you?

In my experience, the university is always right and always wins. Just like cops, they back each other up and are loathe to formally disagree with a colleague. You may find it impossible to ever get your PHD at U of O, no matter how much lobbying you do and how much support you are able to garner. Universities never admit they're wrong, and faculty will always stand shoulder to shoulder with each other. I'm sorry, but this has always been my experience.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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While I commend you for making it look like a press release, the clear bias in the story along with zero details...

Sorry, what was the point of this again?
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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Aren't PhD's supposed to be smarter than average people at least? It was a perception in old days at least.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Aren't PhD's supposed to be smarter than average people at least? It was a perception in old days at least.
As one of my Prof's told me, it just stands for Piled Higher and Deeper.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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Robertson, your supervisor (who isn't responsible in the outcome here), should be your best ally here. If he thinks you're good but the examiners fail you, he's the one who should be speaking out against this injustice. If he acts like he doesn't care, that means you're not good enough for him to put up a fight about it, and that's bad news for the merit of your case.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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Unfortunately, I left out my submitted appeal letter with all relevant details. It can be found here: https://ia601705.us.archive.org/35/i...psUploaded.pdf
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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So what is the point of this thread?
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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University of Ottawa Doctoral Candidate Withdrawn from Program Needs Your Help
What kind of help?
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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So what is the point of this thread?
Slander.
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