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Dalhousie professors go public with Facebook scandal complaint

01/04/2015 07:07 EST | Updated 03/06/2015 05:59 EST
Four Dalhousie University professors who filed a formal complaint Dec. 22 about the sexually abusive postings of a male Facebook group are now releasing their complaint publicly.

Professors Francoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie, Brian Noble and Jacqueline Warwick allege several of the Facebook comments amount to threats of sexual assault and acts of sexual harassment.

The complaint urges the university to suspend students who actively participated in any of the offensive posts on the 2015 DDS Gentlemen's Club Facebook group.

The professors say the purpose "was to trigger an interim suspension prior to the start of classes" tomorrow.

The professors say that action is warranted under the university's Code of Student Conduct to ensure the safety of students and staff in the fourth year program as well as  patients at its dentistry clinics.

They say they initiated the complaint so that no student would have to come forward publicly, and as a complement to the restorative justice process chosen by the University. 

So far they have had no response from the university.

The dentistry faculty at Dalhousie came under fire after CBC News received screenshots of sexually explicit posts on the so-called Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen Facebook page.

In one of the posts, male students in the group voted on which woman they'd like to have "hate sex" with and joked about using chloroform on women.

Many people are upset about the restorative justice process that has been chosen, instead of harsher penalties for those alleged to have made the comments.

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