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Friday, July 04, 2003

Oxford makes new statement on Wilkie

News Releases
4 July 2003

A University spokesperson said:

"The University of Oxford is appalled that any member of its staff should have responded to an inquiry from a potential graduate student in the terms in which Professor Wilkie emailed Amit Duvshani on 23 June. A thorough investigation began as soon as the University became aware of this correspondence. Based on the information that was collected during this process, and in the light of all the circumstances, particularly the importance attached by the University to fair processes of selection, the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Colin Lucas, has taken the view that this matter should be referred for consideration by the University's disciplinary panel for academic staff, known as the Visitatorial Board. While the matter is under consideration by the Board, Professor Wilkie will not be taking part in the selection of any members of staff or students. The Visitatorial Board has power to recommend warnings or dismissal or removal from office.

"Visitatorial Boards are convened to consider charges against a member of the University's academic staff when the Vice-Chancellor considers that the alleged conduct or performance of that person may constitute good cause for dismissal or otherwise give grounds for some lesser disciplinary sanction. Each Board has five members - an external chair and four members who are selected randomly from an existing panel.

"Once a member of staff has been advised that their case is being referred to a Visitatorial Board, they have 28 days to reply in writing to the charges that have been laid against them. They are entitled to present their case to the Board in person and to be represented by an adviser. Following the hearing, the Board recommends appropriate action to the Vice-Chancellor."