Authoritarian culture is to blame for poor responses to sexual assault, says former BrandonU dean

June 1, 2016

A culture of “poorly informed paternalism” is to blame for the poor handling of sexual assault complaints on campus, writes former Brandon University Dean of Science Andrew Egan. Referring to BrandonU’s recent controversy involving the use of an alleged “gag order” on a student reporting a sexual assault, Egan disputes what he sees as the institution’s attempt to characterize the event as an isolated mistake. “In the end,” Egan notes, “fewer mistakes would be made if a more inclusive, less authoritarian administrative culture were encouraged on campus.” Winnipeg Free Press