Con­cor­dia teach­ers ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct ‘re­as­signed’

The Western Star - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — A stu­dents as­so­ci­a­tion at Con­cor­dia Univer­sity says classes taught by teach­ers ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct have been re­as­signed and their books re­moved from the school’s li­brary dis­play. Mem­bers of the Con­cor­dia As­so­ci­a­tion for Stu­dents in English re­leased a state­ment Fri­day claim­ing ``the cour­ses taught by the pro­fes­sors named on­line are be­ing re­as­signed pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the books writ­ten by those fac­ulty mem­bers have been re­moved ... and a third party is con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.’’

The as­so­ci­a­tion didn’t name the teach­ers or say how many were in­volved, while a univer­sity spokes­woman re­fused to com­ment on the an­nounce­ment.

Ear­lier in the week, a writer and for­mer Con­cor­dia student pub­lished a blog post claim­ing he wit­nessed and was made aware over the years of ``in­nu­mer­able in­stances of un­wanted af­fec­tion, grop­ing, in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks and propo­si­tions’’ by teach­ers in the English depart­ment to­wards fe­male stu­dents.

Other peo­ple then made al­le­ga­tions, in­clud­ing award­win­ning Mon­treal au­thor Heather O’Neill, who said she was ha­rassed dur­ing her time at the univer­sity in the late 1990s.

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