UBC business school pulls FROSH support over offensive chant

Dec 19 2017, 4:18 pm

After an offensive chant during UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society’s (CUS) FROSH week went public, the Sauder School of Business has decided it will no longer support CUS FROSH events.

“What is reported to have happened at FROSH this year is deeply upsetting and is completely inconsistent with the values of the school and UBC,” said Robert Helsley, Dean of Sauder School of Business, in a statement. “Based on initial information I have received, there is enough for me to conclude that the school should end its support for FROSH.”

“While such activities are completely unacceptable, and it is easy to direct blame, it is my view that all of us can play a greater role in addressing discriminating and hurtful language and actions,” said Louise Cowin, UBC Vice President of Students, in a statement. ”The current moment provides an opportunity for the UBC community to engage in such reflection and learning.”

The university has also launched a fact-finding team to look into reports of chants advocating non-consensual sex and starting this week, the school will be increasing the curriculum on issues related to respect, dignity and ethics.

On Sunday, the CUS and Alma Mater Society (AMS) issued an apology and said the CUS FROSH co-chairs had resigned.


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