Dal suspends 13 dentistry students involved in misogynistic Facebook group

January 6, 2015

Dalhousie University has partially suspended the 13 fourth-year dentistry students involved in the Facebook scandal that came to light last month, prohibiting them from participating in clinical activities. A statement released yesterday by Dal President Richard Florizone and Dean of Dentistry Thomas Boran said that the decision to suspend the students was made on December 22, but was not announced over the holidays “to ensure the appropriate supports were available for students.” The Faculty of Dentistry Academic Standards Class Committee will conduct a review of the situation and the individuals involved from a professional standards perspective; the committee has the authority to create remediation plans or to recommend academic dismissal. Dal also said that decisions will be made this week about rescheduling the postponed fourth-year exams and fourth-year classes. The restorative justice process that was triggered by informal student complaints will continue as planned. In addition, 4 Dal faculty members have filed a complaint, and several Dal alumni have said they would not be donating to the school this year as a result of how administration handled the scandal. Dal Statement | Toronto Star | CBC(suspensions) | Global News | Globe and Mail | CBC (alumni)

Postscript: January 9, 2015

Dalhousie University will launch an external investigation into its faculty of dentistry and will issue a public report of its outcomes, President Richard Florizone announced on Friday. Moreover, the university has announced that the 13 male dentistry students who were members of a misogynistic Facebook group will no longer attend classes with their classmates. The announcements come after Dal’s board of governors convened an emergency meeting on Friday morning amidst calls for an independent inquiry into the situation. “This past month has been especially challenging for our university and our community. All of us continue to be shaken by the misogynistic and completely unacceptable comments made by male members of our fourth-year dentistry class,” said Florizone. He added that “the consequences must be based on a just process that complies with the law, university policy, and the rights of those involved.” Globe and Mail | CTV News