UQAM investigating after faculty claim vandalism, social media slander

November 17, 2014

The Université de Québec à Montreal has launched a formal investigation after a series of acts of vandalism targeted 3 faculty members as well as the school’s sexual harassment policy. In late October, three professors found their doors covered in stickers that referred to the school’s internal policies on sexual harassment; last week, a group called Collectif Les Hystériques posted pictures of the doors on a Facebook page it created as space for “anonymous denunciation of sexist and anti-feminist gestures” on campus. The Human Sciences Student Association also shared the pictures online. The faculty members’ names are clearly visible in the photographs; however, no complaints have been filed against the professors with UQAM’s Office of Harassment Intervention and Prevention. “To investigate a claim we have to have a complaint,” said UQAM Vice-Rector Marc Turgeon. “Right now I have a complaint from the professors about the slander which they are victim of. I don’t have a complaint from a student about either of these professors.” QC’s Education Minister Yves Bolduc denounced the anonymous accusations. “When you make anonymous denunciations—you know, there can be victims that way, too. We must be prudent,” he said. However, a professor who sits on the committee in charge of revising UQAM’s sexual harassment policy said that such acts of “vigilante justice” point to a lack of faith in the school’s ability to effectively address matters of harassment. Toronto Star | CTV News | Montreal Gazette