Prof.Bretz publicly criticized (Oct. 19, 2013) university involvement in the
Shakespeare authorship conference, the authorship debate has already been settled, with most scholars in agreement that William Shakspere of Stratford is the true author of the work. The university's decision to support this conference could end up hurting its academic reputation among other schools. Bretz said for the conference to actually teach and promote the Oxfordian view to students is "shoddy scholarship, to the extreme. Everyone involved should be embarrassed,...if this makes big news and I go to a Shakespeare conference down the road, will people be looking at me, like 'oh, you're from Guelph" .