Lukacs settles with UManitoba, leaves job
The University of Manitoba and its crusading professor have parted ways.
In a joint release Thursday night, the university's administration and Gabor Lukacs indicated they had entered into a mutually agreed-upon settlement which would see Lukacs leave his job.
The release said details of the settlement were confidential and would not be released.
The university rescinded all disciplinary actions against Lukacs and both sides agreed to terminate all outstanding legal proceedings.
Lukacs, a 28-year-old mathematics professor, was suspended after he challenged the awarding of a PhD to a student who did not pass a comprehensive exam and who later said he had acute exam anxiety.
The university said it was accommodating the legitimate disability of an otherwise exceptional student, but Lukacs argued it reflected poorly on the school's reputation.
Lukacs launched a court challenge after he had exhausted appeals through the school's academic bodies. The university claimed the suspension was justified because Lukacs had violated the student's privacy when naming him in court documents.
Lukacs lost his court challenge when the judge ruled he did not have the right to challenge the university. The professor had been planning to appeal.
Lukacs has developed a reputation as a crusader for his legal fights to improve the rights of airline passengers whose luggage is lost or damaged.
Earlier this year the Canadian Transportation Agency declared Air Canada's international baggage liability rule unreasonable and ordered the airline to replace it.
The policy said Air Canada couldn't be held liable for valuables such as money and jewelry in passengers' checked baggage on certain itineraries.
Lukacs scored an earlier victory against WestJet and this year the Federal Court of Appeal rejected WestJet's attempted challenge of the agency's decision.
After Lukacs complained, the transportation agency ruled the airline's $250 limit for luggage compensation was too low and ordered it raised to $1,800, the amount dictated by the relevant international regulation.