Prof. Peter Wylie states the decision was "traumatizing" for professors.
In 2015, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program of the Faculty of Management suspended graduate admissions, leaving graduate students and professors without any further information. UBC Okanagan Economics Professor Peter Wylie, acting in his role as an executive officer and elected senator in the University of British Columbia Faculty Association, sent an inquiry to the UBCO Acting Provost on August 2, 2017 to discover more information.
According to an article written by Wylie, suspension of admissions were “apparently made without having the suspension approved by senate, without informing faculty or students, and without posting the suspension on any University website.” Wylie notes that professors felt “overwhelmed” and “traumatized” by the decision. These allegations were later denied by the associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies (CoGS) during a senate meeting in March 2018.
Official admissions data shows that there were no offers of admission into the FOM IGS made in three academic years 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18. The last two offers were made in the 2014-15 academic year before admissions were suspended in October 2015. “All applications October 2015-February 2018 were hence ultimately rejected by the director and associate dean” states Wylie.
Wylie has since been placed on leave due to mental health problems stemming, as he states, from his treatment by the faculty and administration in regard to his inquiry.
Students with applications made to the IGS Faculty of Management did not receive their 100 dollar application fee back and those who already secured a supervisor were still ultimately denied admission. This matter has yet to be investigated by UBC Senate.