Dr. Peter Berman travelled to Hawaii amid COVID-19 restrictions and public health advice not to travel internationally.
Berman originally apologized for taking the vacation, saying he truly regretted the decision.
However, nearly two dozen faculty members of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health signed a letter expressing dismay over their director’s decision.
“This decision to travel harms our school’s ability to contribute leadership in calling for our communities to sustain daily sacrifices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the public good,” the letter stated.
In a statement, UBC said it cannot police employees’ personal time.
Berman is still on the faculty at UBC as a professor with a $400,000 salary, however, and has only resigned from his position as the head of Population and Public Health.
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