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UBCO professor placed under supervision for sexual harassment no longer employed with university

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September 24, 2020 - 4:46 PM

A UBC Okanagan psychology professor, who stepped aside from teaching while on regulatory supervision for sexual harassment more than two years aog, is no longer with the university.

Dr. Stephen Porter had consented to a reprimand by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia in December 2017 and placed under regulatory supervision for 18 months with boundary issues, power differentials and sexual harassment listed as reasons.

College registrar Andrea Kowaz said in an emailed statement this week that original order had since been extended. The regulatory supervision time frame can be extended or shortened depending on the college's inquiry committee and "there is no further information related to these undertakings that has not yet been published," Kowaz wrote.

Porter is no longer employed by UBC, but "beyond that, UBC does not comment on individual personnel matters to protect the privacy and confidentiality of students, faculty and staff,” university communications officer Nathan Skolski said in an email.

The college said in the 2017 order that Porter was to provide letters of apology to the complainants and is not to supervise students, researchers or volunteers “until the supervisor confirms his readiness.”

At the time, Porter stepped aside from teaching but continued other academic duties.

Porter was a Professor of Psychology specializing in deception detection, forensic investigations and criminal law, according to the UBC Okanagan website at the time.


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