Documents reveal scrutiny faced by uOttawa after hockey sexual assault scandal

January 14, 2015

Documents obtained by the Globe and Mail reveal the depth of scrutiny faced by the University of Ottawa in the wake of its suspension of its entire men’s hockey team following an alleged sexual assault committed by some of its players. The Globe reports that uOttawa received more than 150 emails expressing a variety of opinions on the decision; moreover, in August, university Chancellor and former Canadian governor-general Michaëlle Jean wrote to uOttawa President Allan Rock expressing her concerns about “perceived guilt by association,” which she described as “a large burden for a young person to experience.” Jean wrote that “there is a great need for counselling to help the Gee Gees regroup and move on as a team. They need some tools to overcome this traumatic experience and also understand that the impact is mainly on the young woman who’s been assaulted.” Jean recommended that Rock make available counselling on an individual and collective basis, and that the university provide leadership for broader learning and growth in the wake of what happened. Globe and Mail