At the special meeting of APEGN held on May 6, 1999,
the following motion was moved by Dennis Peters, P. Eng., and seconded by Cathy
Dutton, P. Eng.
- The decision by APEGN Council effected on February 13, 1999, which
withdrew APEGN's consent to the continuation of the evaluation by CCPE
of Memorial University's Engineering Degree programmes in the Faculty of
- That this decision was taken without consultation with
- The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Engineering
- APEGN members within the Faculty of Engineering
- APEGN student members
- APEGN's Software Engineering subcommittee
- That the decision was clearly tied to the ongoing dispute with
Memorial over the Software Engineering programme offered within the Faculty
of Science, by the press release issued by APEGN on February 25, 1999, and
had nothing to do with quality of Memorial's Engineering programmes, its
Engineering faculty or its Engineering students.
- The Decision of April 15, 1999 in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
which required APEGN to reinstate consent.
- The statement in APEGN's April 21 News Release by Gerry Suek,
P.Eng., that ``an appeal is under consideration''.
- The action of the Council endangered the future professional
standing of students in Memorial's programmes, the reputation of those
programmes, including the ability to attract students in future, and the
reputation of Professional Engineers teaching in those programmes.
- The action of the Council caused distress to students in Memorial
University's Engineering programmes.
- The action of the Council undermined the integrity of the
accreditation process, which is supposed to be an objective evaluation of
the quality of an academic programme, turning it into a political tool.
- The action of the Council damaged the public image of the
engineering profession in Newfoundland and Labrador, by implying
that APEGN wishes to win the Software Engineering dispute through
intimidation rather than by the strength of its arguments.
APEGN resolves and directs:
- That the Council will not appeal the April 15, 1999 decision of
the Supreme Court. CARRIED
- That the Council will write to students in Memorial's programmes
acknowledging the mental stress to which students have been subjected, and
apologizing for using them in a third-party dispute. CARRIED
- That future decisions of the Council that can reasonably be expected
may only be made with the consent of the members concerned. FAILED
- negatively to affect the reputations of one or more professional
members, without cause,
- negatively to affect the public perception of engineering or
- to endanger the future prospects of student members,
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