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Another march planned at Thompson Rivers University in wake of investigation

Two university senior executives are the subject of a complaint from a number of current and former TRU employees who allege racist, misogynist and bullying behaviours

Another march on the Thompson Rivers University campus is being planned this week, in the wake of harassment allegations against two senior administrators.

Matt Milovick, TRU’s vice-president of finance and administration, and Larry Phillips, the university’s associate vice-president of people and culture, are the subject of a complaint from a number of current and former TRU employees.

Milovick and Phillips have been accused of racist, misogynist and bullying behaviours. The university’s board of governors is investigating the complaint and none of the allegations have been proven.

The complaint was emailed to the university on Feb. 8 of this year, but the investigation first came to light publicly when KTW reported on it on Nov. 23.

Charis Kamphuis, a law professor at TRU, is acting as the advocate for the complainants and has told KTW there are concerns about the way in which the investigation is being handled, including delays and the university not guaranteeing complainant anonymity.

On Monday, Nov. 29, about 85 faculty members and students marched between TRU’s Clock Tower building, where administration offices are located, and the Human Resources Building.

The Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association is calling for the two administrators to be placed on paid leave until the investigation wraps up. The probe is expected to be concluded in early 2022.

On Friday, Dec. 3, another march will be held on campus, this time outside of the House of Learning, where the TRU board of governors is meeting.

The silent protest will begin on at 12:30 p.m. at the north entrance of the House of Learning. The board of governors is meeting at 1 p.m.