The Struggle at Simon Fraser University

  • Kathleen Gough
Keywords: Education, History


The Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology Department (PSA) at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, went on strike on September 24, 1969. The strike protested the crippling of the department and its programs the previous summer. In July the SFU administration had disbanded PSA's elected committees of students and faculty, removed its chairman on unsubstantiated charges of "administrative inadequacy," and placed the department under a trusteeship of six professors, five of them from other fields. In August four PSA professors—including two well-established seniors—were dropped as of 1970 or 1971, having been unequivocally refused tenured appointments or renewal of their existing contracts.