Assisted-suicide researcher fights for subjects’ anonymity

This is a bit of an awkward situation, what with assisted suicide being illegal and all. Still, it would be interesting to know why he signed the confidentiality agreement since it is not obviously in his best interest to be unable to talk freely.

But, he said by 2007, the university’s administration was starting to get nervous about his work, and in 2008 he signed an agreement with the university to begin a two-year “research leave” on Jan. 1, 2009.

He was unable to resume teaching in 2011, and he cannot discuss the reason because of the confidentiality agreement he signed the day before he was due to return.

John Lowman, an SFU criminology professor and expert on academic freedom, said Kwantlen’s actions “have implications for the academic freedom of every other researcher in this country.”