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Restrictions put on prof.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.

Nathan Skoliski, with the university, said UBC is working with the BC College of Psychologists to determine the best course of action with respect to the conditions and limitations placed on Porter’s practice.

Skoliski said Porter has agreed to step aside from his teaching duties, but will continue to be engaged in his other academic responsibilities.

“UBC strives to maintain a respectful environment for its faculty, students and staff,” said Skoliski. “For privacy reasons, we cannot further discuss the details of individual personnel matters.”


Officials are keeping a close eye on a professor at UBC Okanagan.

The College of Psychologists of B.C., has placed a number of conditions on Stephen Porter.

Porter teaches on forensic psychology, psychopathy, violence and personality theory at the university.

Porter is also an expert on detecting when people are lying and according to the UBCO website, he is the co-director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law.

On Dec. 29, 2017, the college placed limitations on Porter’s practice.

Porter has consented to a reprimand with regard to his conduct and must provide letters of apology to the complainants.

He is also to be under regulatory supervision by a registrant of the College for a period of 18 months, subject to extension or shortening at the discretion of the Inquiry Committee, with a particular focus on:

  • Boundary issues;
  • Power differentials;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Professionalism;
  • Doing no harm;
  • Establishing and fulfilling agreements regarding scope of employment and remuneration.

Porter is not to supervise students, researchers and volunteers until the supervisor confirms his readiness and then only under their supervision.



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