Media storm continues over inappropriate frosh chants

September 9, 2013

As officials at Saint Mary’s University deal with the media storm caused by a frosh chant that endorsed non-consensual sex, the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business is investigating reports that the same chant was used on a bus there that carried students between frosh events. Administration from both universities responded immediately with statements of disgust and disappointment. A Sauder statement reads “any disciplinary measures taken would follow the university’s policy on discipline for non-academic misconduct.” Following the social media posting and resulting media frenzy over the chant at SMU, President Colin Dodds apologized “unreservedly,” immediately calling the student leaders to a meeting and asking them to account for their actions. Student President Jared Perry and his VP, Carrigan Desjardins, who is responsible for the frosh week, resigned the next day. A hearing will take place to determine whether or not 2 unnamed organizers will face discipline, according to a Saint Mary’s statement. Dodds has also announced the creation of a new council that will examine sexual violence protection measures. Globe and Mail (UBC) | Globe and Mail (Saint Mary’s) | Saint Mary’s statement | UBC statement

Update: Sept 11, 2013

The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business has announced it will no longer support the commerce students’ frosh week activities, following the allegations that students on a bus used the same sexist, non-consensual sex-promoting chant that was sung at Saint Mary’s University recently. UBC also said it would look to work with the student society to develop more appropriate orientation events for first-year students in the future. In addition, it is reported that 2 UBC students involved in the frosh-week chants have quit the Commerce Undergraduate Society. CBC | UBC Statement