On December 15, 2015, UBC appointed retired BC Supreme Court judge Mary Ellen Boyd to investigate the allegations against Writer and UBC Creative Writing Program Chair Steven Galloway. This was announced by the Creative Writing Program in a public memorandum and reported by The Globe and Mail.
To date, Justice Boyd has been the only qualified, impartial professional to fully review the case.
Justice Boyd is a highly regarded mediator with decades of experience and expertise in law, due process, and the justice system. She is one of British Columbia’s most distinguished female lawyers, and was a Supreme Court judge for 22 years. Her peers describe her as a respected adjudicator with a track record of sorting out complicated fact patterns. She has presided over complex criminal cases, including some of British Columbia’s most high-profile sexual assault files.
Following Justice Boyd’s five-month investigation, it has been widely reported that her findings determined that all but one of the allegations levelled against Professor Galloway, including the most serious one, were unsubstantiated.