uOttawa suspends hockey program, fires coach

June 27, 2014

The men’s hockey program at the University of Ottawa will continue its suspension for the 2014–15 year, announced President Allan Rock yesterday. In addition, head coach Réal Paiement has been relieved of his duties for failing to report allegations of sexual assault to the university when he learned of them. The suspension has been in effect since early March, after a third party reported the allegations to uOttawa. The alleged incident occurred when the hockey team was in Thunder Bay for games in early February. uOttawa launched 2 independent reviews into the incident; one was a review of the university's policies, practices, and procedures regarding varsity sports, ethics, and student disciplinary processes. The second review was an investigation into the alleged incident. The results of that review will not be made public so as not to interfere with an ongoing police investigation. Rock said that all recommendations from the policy and procedures review will be implemented. Several of the team members have stated they are considering a defamation lawsuit, as only 3 players are allegedly involved in the incident. uOttawa News Release | CBC | Ottawa Citizen | National Post |Globe and Mail