Concordia University is launching an official investigation into allegations of sexual assault involving the school’s creative writing program.
The allegations were made in a blog post titled “No Names, Only Monsters” written by author and columnist Mike Spry, who also attended the school in 2004.
The post allegedly claims that the university’s creative writing department was an abusive climate where harassment was the norm, especially for female students.
Concordia University’s President Alan Shepard announced today that the school will conduct an investigation into the allegations.
“We are meeting this week with students, faculty and staff in the creative writing program to listen, support and chart a path forward. Our goal is to ensure a safe and secure environment within the program, one that is free from sexual misconduct and harassment,” said Shepard in a statement.
The university urges anyone at the university who has experience assault or harassment to contact the university’s Office of Rights and Responsibilities at 514-848-2424, ext. 8659 or by email: [email protected] Support is also available through the Sexual Assault Resource Centre and Counselling and Psychological Services.
“I want to reassure the members of our community that this work will be conducted with the utmost respect and confidentiality,” said Shepard.
“On behalf of the Concordia community, I regret deeply that some alumni and students had the troubling experience they are reporting. Concordia continues to be a strong institution, and we remain committed to strengthening the safety and security of our community.”