Oxford alumni attack college over bitter campaign against dean

“However, the tribunal made some criticism of the Dean’s conduct and found that there was one breach of his fiduciary duty.” Last month Christ Church announced that its internal tribunal did not uphold the charges bought against him and that there had been “no cause” to remove him from his post.   Now Robin Priest, the chair of the Christ Church Association Committee which represents alumni, has written to the Governing Body urging the College to bring the “tawdry and damaging episode” to a close.The letter, seen by The Telegraph, says: “Our overriding concern is to help the House to recover from the bitter campaign against the Dean and the misguided proceedings of the past two years.”It goes on to ask question how alumni will be able to “regain confidence in the House after such a catastrophic misjudgment and failure of Governance”.Mr Priest urges the College to publish the Tribunal’s findings, arguing: “It is wrong that those who brought the charges against the Dean, which were found to be baseless, should now try to hide their actions.“It is even less acceptable if those same people are continuing to spend the College’s money on an attempted cover up.”Last month the Christ Church said in a statement that the complaint process has concluded, and Dr Percy would resume his duties as Dean.“As required by Christ Church’s Statutes, an internal tribunal was convened to consider a complaint raised against the Dean in September 2018,” they said.“Following a thorough investigation, the tribunal has decided that the charges are not upheld and that there is no cause to remove the Dean as Head of House. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford alumni have attacked Christ Church college for waging a “bitter campaign” against the Dean.The college has been accused of a “catastrophic misjudgement” over its failed attempts to oust The Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, who presides over both Christ Church college and Cathedral.He was suspended last November, a move with led to an outcry from alumni who felt he had been treated unfairly.Christ Church, which was founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, said that Dr Percy had committed “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful” conduct, prompting speculation about the nature of his alleged offences.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Under pressure to clarify the nature of the allegations, the College later wrote to thousands of alumni to clarify that Dr Percy’s suspension related to a dispute over pay.Under Christ Church’s statutes, the dean can only be removed from office under specific circumstances.These include being convicted of an offence that renders the dean unfit for office, conduct that constitutes persistent failure or neglect of duties, physical or mental incapacity — or behaviour of an “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature”. Oxford University, Christ ChurchCredit: Ian Jones Oxford University, Christ Church

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