Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dalhousie University Students Face Restorative Justice for Facebook Posts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dalhousie University Students Face Restorative Justice for Facebook Posts

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Facebook posts lead to restorative justice

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HALIFAX - Dalhousie University is proceeding with a restorative justice process to resolve complaints about sexually violent comments posted on a Facebook group page about female dentistry students, the university's president said Wednesday.

The Halifax university said many of the women who were the subject of the comments and members of the Facebook group have come forward.

University president Richard Florizone said the women have chosen the restorative justice process, which is an informal and confidential resolution procedure that includes the parties involved.

Florizone said the restorative justice process is intended to explore the impacts of the comments and address accountability, adding that its outcome may be made public if those involved want it to.

He said all 13 men who were members of the Facebook group are fourth-year dentistry students and they will participate. There are 47 people in the class, he said.

"The route we've taken is the route the women have selected," Florizone told a news conference Wednesday night. "We will also hold the men accountable for participation in this process.

"We all know some redress needs to be made. Our objective is to create some space to create what they think the effective redress is."

At a couple of points during his news conference, Florizone choked back tears as he discussed meeting with the female students.

"I'm struck by the maturity and grace of the women I've talked with. I'm struck by the horror and regret I hear from some of the men involved that have corresponded with me," he said.

"It doesn't excuse it. It doesn't remedy the situation. But it's a fact."

According to the CBC, members of the Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen page voted on which woman they'd like to have "hate" sex with and joked about using chloroform on women. …

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