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Recent media coverage regarding thesis debate

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Oct 6, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has a proud 200 + year history as an institution with academic integrity and exemplary educational programs. Recently questions have been raised in the media regarding a thesis by former student Dr. Douglas Mastriano. We recognize that for our students, alumni and the public, there may be some concern or confusion regarding the situation as they hear it portrayed in the media.

We want to assure individuals with concerns that allegations of this nature are taken seriously and investigated accordingly. UNB has a clear policy for dealing with any allegations of research misconduct, which we follow in all cases.

The Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act clearly states that we cannot discuss the personal information of our students, including educational information, whether the student is a public personality or not, without the student's consent.

As stated previously, UNB will review its internal processes and procedures to ensure our systems and policies around the awarding of PhDs remain of the highest standard. This review will be conducted by two qualified independent academics and will begin as soon as possible.

Our commitment to our students and the UNB community to continue to strive for nothing less than academic excellence in all we do has never waivered and will never diminish.