University of Sydney issue

AUJS is awaiting the outcome of an investigation being conducted into the conduct of University of Sydney Associate Professor Jake Lynch after protesters disrupted an address by British Colonel Richard Kemp.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry have been playing a supportive role in terms of AUJS’ handling of the issue.
The university has issued “show cause” letters to Associate Professor Lynch, five students and two contractors, as well as five members of the public as part of its inquiry into whether they may have contravened University Codes of Conduct. The university has received 386 letters of complaint in relation to the incident and has reviewed photographs and videos.

Vice-chancellor Dr Michael Spence acknowledged that a number of complaints had been received, and that the university is “treating these complaints very seriously”.

“Any finding that an individual has acted contrary to university codes or policies will be determined in accordance with the procedure relevant to the status of that individual as staff member, affiliate, student or visitor to the university,” he said.

AUJS national chair Dean Sherr has lodged a formal complaint with the Vice-Chancellor in relation to the incident.