Former Mount Royal student president faces robbery charges

March 2, 2012

The Mount Royal University community is left stunned after Meghan Darcy Melnyk, a former students' association president, was accused of robbing a credit union branch last week. "It's obviously taken all of us by surprise," says Mount Royal president David Docherty. "It's clear that she's got larger issues she has to deal with and I really hope she does get the kind of help she needs." The robbery charges are the latest in the 27-year-old's criminal history, and come amid her sudden resignation as president in January. Police say Melnyk had outstanding warrants for fraud, uttering forged documents, and breach of probation when she was arrested. The fraud case entails a stolen purse and a fraudulent cheque. The students' association issued a news release on January 31 stating that Melnyk had left a week earlier following the first of 2 regular periodic reviews. The review "identified several potential anomalies and policy compliance issues for which Council was unable to receive a satisfactory explanation within a reasonable time frame." The association's VP external says a background check was not done before Melnyk was elected, and the association was not aware of her outstanding warrants. "I can't remember a situation like this ever happening in a Canadian university," says a Mount Royal professor who has met Melnyk. "I think the shock waves reverberate through the entire university and the student body. I'm sure (the students' association) is just scratching their heads." Calgary Herald