Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dalhousie Students Disciplined for Facebook Group Finding Dentistry Work: Lawyer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dalhousie Students Disciplined for Facebook Group Finding Dentistry Work: Lawyer

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Sanctioned students hired as dentists: lawyer

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HALIFAX - A lawyer for Dalhousie University says many of the dentistry students disciplined for participating in a misogynistic Facebook group are now employed as dentists.

Sally Gomery, an Ottawa lawyer hired by Dalhousie to give it legal advice on the Facebook posts, would not say how many of the 13 male students found work in their field upon graduation.

"The university has been advised that many members of the Facebook Group have secured employment as dentists, which would require licensure," Gomery said in an email.

"To date only one licensing board has contacted Dalhousie for information about a student who belonged to the Facebook Group," she said.

Gomery said she would not comment further because of the university's obligation to protect the privacy of its students.

Following a complaint from a female student, Dalhousie announced in January it had suspended the clinic privileges of 13 male students who were identified as members of a Facebook group featuring sexist and sexually violent posts.

When the suspensions were announced, the registrar of the licensing body that governs Ontario's dentists said he wanted the names of the students involved.

Irwin Fefergrad of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario said the governing body wanted to make sure that if the disciplined students applied for licences they would face tough questions from the college.

That request was rejected by Dalhousie on privacy grounds.

But as a direct result of the Dalhousie incident, the Ontario regulator added a new question to its licensing application, Fefergrad said in an interview Tuesday. …

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