Saint Mary’s not ruling out more students facing disciplinary action

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By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - Saint Mary’s University is coming down on two of its students for their alleged role in the pro-rape sex chant that sent shock waves across the country last week – and they might not be the only ones.

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Steve Proctor, the university’s spokesman, said on Sunday that the pair will be facing a disciplinary hearing in the next 10 days after a student came forward with a complaint over the chant on Friday.

He also said the investigation could lead to other students being punished.

“If the investigation warrants or something comes out of the hearing that warrants further action, the possibility of further action enhances,” said Proctor.

The incident, which was captured on video and led to the resignation of the university’s student union president Jared Perry on Friday, shows a large group of students participating in a disturbing chant promoting sex with minors.

“Y is for your sister … U is for underage, N is for no consent,” the mob of students sing together.

A date for the closed-door hearing has not been released. The disciplinary panel, which has yet to be named, will consist of the school’s disciplinary officer, a student representative and a student administrator.

The students’ identities are not being released as per the university’s confidentiality rules.

Depending on what comes out at the hearing, Proctor said the students could be facing anywhere from fines to suspension or expulsion.

Perry’s resignation over his involvement in the chant came as a surprise given on Thursday he publicly refused step aside.

Perry issued a release on Friday night stating he arrived at his decision after ‘deep reflection’ about the incident.

“My stepping down allows the Association and its leaders to focus exclusively on the work of re-mediating the damage earlier this week to the reputation of the Association and Saint Mary’s University,” he says in the statement.

“My first priority is that remediation and to allow my team to focus directly on their work. It has been an honour to serve the students of Saint Mary’s.”

Carrigan Desjardins has also announced she is stepping down from the position of VP Student Life. Desjardins was responsible for the Saint Mary’s University Frosh Week Program.

Both resignations are effective immediately, but Perry says he’s re-running for president in the next election.

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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  • Angela Quinn
    September 10, 2013 - 23:39

    Mr. Perry is from a new generation of politicians who genuinely don't get it. Yes you should step down, No you shouldn't be arrogant enough to run again. WOW You ran, you won, you frigged up, you lose- accept it gracefully and move on.

  • George Wright
    September 09, 2013 - 11:32

    That is a start, they all should be charged with promoting Child molestation , and bullying. They should also be suspended for a minimum of one year. This has been a disgrace to Nova Scotia and Canada . We send our children there to learn not be terrorized.