Yet another twist in the ongoing saga surrounding the early resignation of UBC president Arvind Gupta.
The University of British Columbia has issued a statement saying it will investigate the release of unredacted documents, after emails related to the resignation were inadvertently released to the public.
The notes shed light on a growing rift between UBC’s board of governors and Gupta in the months leading up to the then-president’s sudden departure.
That resignation led to a firestorm of controversy on campus, including a formal review into breaches of academic freedom by the administration, and the eventual resignation of the chair of the Board of Governors.
Hidden copies of the unredacted emails were embedded in a PDF file released as part of an Freedom Of Information request.
A sharp-eyed Reddit user first drew attention to it before the media picked up the story.
It prompted Gupta to make the media rounds saying he felt compelled to speak about his resignation after the documents were released.
UBC says it deeply regrets the error that led to this privacy breach and an “external expert” will take a look to ensure it doesn’t happen again.