uOttawa president pledges to create committees on campus culture, library services

October 26, 2016

University of Ottawa President Jacques Frémont has stated that his university will be proactive in addressing recent concerns over campus culture and the school’s library offerings. In a public meeting this week, Frémont condemned the hate speech that has been recently directed at uOttawa student Yasmine Mehdi, whose exposé on a student-led pub crawl provoked a series of Islamophobic and misogynist threats online. Deeming the comments “atrocious” and “unacceptable,” Frémont added that “what’s required is a complete change of campus culture, and we see that much work remains to be done.” Frémont also said that he would “immediately” form a committee to consult with library staff and faculty on concerns over the university’s recently announced decision to purchase fewer books and cancel thousands of academic print and online journals. uOttawa