Steven Galloway — world renowned author of the The Cellist of Sarajevo and The Confabulist — has been suspended with pay following what the University of BC calls “serious allegations.”
The university’s dean of arts Gage Averill revealed that in a memo posted online on the Faculty of Arts Creative Writing Program’s website this afternoon.
Galloway’s staff bio currently lists him as “on leave.”
The memo doesn’t reveal any details of the allegations, or the reason for the suspension save to say an investigation is pending.
It also notes the “investigation has not yet commenced and no findings have been made about any wrongdoing by Prof. Galloway.”
The school says the investigation process is confidential to preserve the privacy of the parties involved.
The memo also says that UBC Counselling Services can provide counselling for students in “a respectful, safe, and supportive environment.”
Earlier this evening, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writer’s Festival and UBC Creative Writing colleague Hal Wake released the following comment on the suspension.
“I have no facts or actual information about the allegations. Steve is a close friend and I have only known him to act honourably, with kindness and generosity in our friendship. I’m sure that many other people who know him would say the same thing.”