Faculty societies, rector, AMS Board, respond to Tyrrell firing

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The rector, the AMS Board of Directors, and multiple faculty societies have issued statements in response to a Nov. 9 Journal article detailing the firing of AMS Judicial Affairs Manager, Brandon Tyrrell.

On Nov. 9, ASUS published a statement saying the Society is “aware of the allegations against the Alma Mater Society” and are working to understand the situation. 

The Society also said they’ll work to ensure “the AMS is held accountable to their actions.”

The Engineering Society and Commerce Society also issued similar statements, promising to hold the AMS accountable and to gain a clearer understanding of the firing’s circumstances.

On Nov. 9, the Office of the Rector also issued a statement addressing the situation. 

Rector Alex da Silva wrote she didn’t comment on the Nov. 9 Journal article because she is “in the process of developing a holistic perspective of the situation, possible next steps, and mechanisms of the AMS and JAO which led to this situation.”

On Nov. 12, the AMS Board of Directors issued a statement addressing the firing of Tyrrell. 

The Board wrote they take the allegations reported by The Journal “very seriously” and met recently without the AMS executive or general manager to discuss the situation. 

The Board also expressed concerns over the story’s accuracy in respect to the date Mikela Page, board chair, was informed about the Judicial Affairs disclosure and her opportunity to comment.

“We cannot comment on privileged and confidential information; however, the Board is looking into the situation and will update as appropriate.”

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