Prof fired for dalliances with students reinstated

College professor knew actions were wrong but lack of policy made discipline ambiguous
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has upheld the reinstatement of a college professor who was fired for having sexual relations with three students.

Greg Bird, 44, was a psychology professor at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alta., Shortly after he began working at the college in 1994, Bird started a relationship with a student in his class. The relationship began after she finished the course and lasted for 18 months, during which time she took a second course from him.

In early 2004, Bird began an eight-month sexual relationship with another student. As with the previous student, he knew her from his class and became involved with her after she finished. After the relationship ended, the student took three more classes from him in which she received grades well above her usual level.