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Dalhousie delays 4th-year dentistry exams amid misogynism probe

12/16/2014 06:47 EST | Updated 02/15/2015 05:59 EST
Dalhousie University in Halifax has postponed exams for fourth-year dentistry students until January amid controversial Facebook posts allegedly made by some students in the faculty. 

In a statement issued late Monday night, university president Richard Florizone said he is giving himself 48 hours to review his options. 

He must figure out how to discipline about dental students who allegedly made sexually explicit and mysoginistic posts on Facebook.

Florizone calls the remarks "unacceptable and deeply disturbing." 

He promises action by the end of this week, beyond postponing exams.
  
Some dentistry students called themselves Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen. Before their Facebook page was taken down late last week, someone captured the information and sent it to CBC News.

Members voted on which woman they'd like to have forced sex with, and joked about using chloroform on women.

They also realized others had viewed the pages and wrote about the need to destroy evidence. 

Online firestorm

After breaking the story Monday, CBC News has received hundreds of comments from people outraged over the allegations. Here are a few:

"And to think, I was actually looking forward to working with the dental students at Dal next semester, being a dental assistant student from NSCC. Not so much feeling that way anymore. Makes you feel very uncomfortable knowing you could be working with someone who is that unprofessional," said Taylor Coley on Facebook. 

"These students should be expelled immediately and no refunds of their tuition and fees they already paid to the university. Absolute sickening," said Chris Jones in a Facebook post.

"Alleged intelligence seems to, still, not be a shield from idiotic actions as shown by these 'gentlemen' who seem to be anything but that," said CBC.ca commenter shoredude.

"Most of these students would be of an age where they were raised in an era where we have heard so much about violence and sexism against women and one assumes they have been education about that. Seems not much has changed in their testosterone-driven world, however. Beyond sad and also very disturbing to see this type of thing still happening." 

Others, however, said the behaviour was "harmless," including these CBC.ca commenters:

- "Personally, I could not care less about what anyone posts in a private Facebook group, so long as it is not threatening or criminal. This is neither. Young men imitating the off-colour humour [is what] makes the most popular TV shows and movies funny." – jillobrien785.

- "It's a couple guys saying inflammatory things on Facebook; this is not exactly anything new. And the chloroform thing is a joke that has been around for years, I honestly cannot recount how many times I've heard it in jest." –  DaveDavidson.

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