Message from the Chair of the Board of Governors, University of King’s College

Message from the Chair of the Board of Governors, University of King’s College

Trigger warning: the following communication discusses sexualized violence and a criminal charge of sexual assault.

Dear King’s community,

Earlier today, President Lahey announced that the university has procured the services of Toronto lawyer, Janice Rubin, and her firm Rubin Thomlinson LLP to conduct an independent review for King’s. This is in response to retired professor Dr. Wayne Hankey being charged with sexual assault in a King’s residence in 1988. The Review will determine the facts and an appropriate response.

The Board is committed to working with the President, the King’s community, and Ms. Rubin in ensuring that this review is independent and complete.

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I commend President Lahey for the leadership he has shown in this matter. Terms of Reference were developed swiftly but carefully and with inclusive consultation. President Lahey canvased widely for advice regarding who should conduct the review. Once satisfied, the President quickly moved to secure for King’s a lawyer with a national reputation and an acknowledged depth of expertise in institutional reviews and investigations. Ms. Rubin’s experience is needed to ensure the confidence of our community, which includes confidence that the Review can and will be conducted in a way that is respectful of individual privacy and the parallel criminal justice process now underway.

This review process and the chosen reviewer have the full support of the Board of Governors of the University of King’s College.


Douglas G. Ruck QC

Chair of the Board of Governors

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