UBC: $250k for anti-rape counselling
Sep 18, 2013 / 11:28 am
The University of British Columbia says the undergraduate society at the centre of a pro-rape chant has pledged to contribute $250,000 for sexual abuse counselling and education for students.
The university released a report Wednesday about the incident during orientation week, saying student leaders of the Commerce Undergraduate Society will be held accountable because they did nothing to stop the offensive chants heard by most first-year business students.
University president Stephen Toope says the entire UBC community must embark on complete and lasting change that will make such chants unacceptable.
He has appointed the vice-president of students to lead a task force to come up with broader measures to address the deeper problem.
Robert Helsley, dean at the Sauder School of Business, says he will ensure inappropriately sexualized events such as the chant during FROSH week will never happen again and that all students will feel safe and welcome.
Four student leaders of the undergrad society quit last week, and the university says there's no evidence to suggest any of the leaders planned and directed students to use the rape chant, which it calls an oral tradition.
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