I'm interested in views about a practice at Royal Holloway that troubles me greatly. I discovered that a lecturer in the English department had secretly copied some emails I had written him containing my literary views and sent them to other members of staff, one of whom I'd never met. He sent them in order to complain about my literary opinions which he disagreed with. When I asked him to tell me which emails he refused to tell me! When I complained about this breach of my rights to privacy in my correspondence (you must always ask before copying correspondence to another person to whom it is not addressed) the dean of the college - Professor Katie Normington - said that she supported the secret dissemination of correspondence and supported the failure to inform or ask permission. This is highly unusual behaviour for an institution to admit to and I wondered if anybody else had any experience of this very strange and furtive behaviour by Royal Holloway? The usual procedure would be simply to ask the writer of the email for permission but Katie Normington and her staff - for reasons which remain mysterious - refuse to ask permission. It's such aggressively unpleasant behaviour - anybody else had their civil liberties breached by Royal Holloway staff? The problem is, you probably wouldn't know about it - I found out by pushing for information. I have never encountered an attitude like it.
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