Jeremy Levitt has 'support' of former associate dean of law
Janet Austin resigned from UNB last month to show support for embattled dean
A former associate dean of law at the University of New Brunswick has come forward to say she supports Jeremy Levitt, the embattled dean.
Janet Austin contacted CBC News on Friday to make it clear her recent resignation was not to protest Levitt’s arrival or his management style.
Austin said she would not have any other comment. She said she was contacting CBC News because she was worried that references to her resignation might leave the impression she opposed Levitt.
In fact, she resigned to show support for him.
Austin resigned as associate dean last month, after Levitt began an administrative leave of absence.
Three female professors have recently taken full or partial leaves from the law school, leading to class cancellations and scheduling problems.
Austin’s statement comes a day after CBC News revealed that Levitt is facing allegations in Florida of sexism and harassment from two of his former female colleagues at Florida A&M University’s College of Law.
The allegations are contained in lawsuits that were filed against Florida A&M, not against Levitt. They are still before the courts and the allegations have not been proven in court.