McGill dentistry students agree to help pay for new facility

November 17, 2014

Dentistry students at McGill University have agreed that each will contribute $20,000 toward the faculty’s new facility; however, some students said that they didn’t know what they were agreeing to. The Montreal Gazette reports that some first-year students have said that they thought they were agreeing to a one-time levy of $5,000 rather than an annual fee totaling $20,000. “The website did indicate the fee, but it was misleading to some students. Many thought it was $5,000 and not $20,000 … Most first-year students find the $5,000 per year fee high,” said Ryan Siciliano, President of the first-year class. The students also agreed to pay an annual $1,000 fee to help pay for equipment upgrades. Other students have complained that the fee increase was voted in by students who won’t actually have to pay for it. However, Siciliano said, “we are confident that students had the best interest of the faculty and future students in mind.” Dean of Dentistry Paul Allison said that the contribution was clearly presented on the website. “We had an open forum to discuss it and my understanding is that not many students were upset about it. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without that money,” said Allison. Montreal Gazette