Slammed with accusations of sloppy bookkeeping, $1.2 million in missing paperwork and a “toxic” culture of intimidation, the union that led York University’s strike last year has been taken over by its national head office — which will take the rare step of drafting a code of conduct for union meetings and even online discussions among members.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees’ national office has named union official Lynn McDougall to administer Local 3903 for up to a year, while a forensic auditor pores through accounts kept during the strike that closed the campus down for 12 weeks.

But she also will tackle the allegations made by many members that they were harassed in strike meetings if they disagreed with union leaders. In her first two meetings with some of York’s 3,500 teaching assistants, graduate assistants and contract professors, McDougall revealed the local had run up a puzzling debt of $1.2 million during the strike.