SMU publishes frosh chant report

December 20, 2013

An arms-length Saint Mary’s University council has released its report on “cultural changes to prevent sexual violence and inspire respectful behavior and a safe learning environment,” which was assigned following a frosh chant glorifying non-consensual underage sex that was captured on social media. The report makes 20 recommendations that include sexual violence prevention education for the SMU community, and changes to the relationship between the university and its student association. President Colin Dodds says SMU will review the student services department and its programming, “particularly as it relates to Orientation Week and sexual violence prevention.” The council’s report also includes detailed recommendations for driving cultural change, including increasing the understanding of consent, addressing alcohol and drug use, empowering bystanders, and promoting a culture of equity. SMU News Release | Full Report