Reading the front-page story in today’s Metro, about 13 Dalhousie dental students being suspended from clinical activities for their appallingly sexist Facebook comments, I was struck by this passage near the end:
Florizone said he’s not ruling out the possibility of expulsion, but emphasized university administration must follow a fair and just process to determine the proper course of action.
However, Jennifer Nowoselski, vice president internal of Dalhousie Student Union, believes those policies are outdated, saying it doesn’t protect students from sexual discrimination.
“It’s the base minimum of what the university could do in this situation,” she said.
These Facebook comments (some of which “joked” about using chloroform to sexually violate women) were disgusting and grossly inappropriate, and the fact that these idiots would post them online, apparently under their own names, calls into question whether they’re smart enough to perform dentistry in the first place.
Is the university, whose reputation has been seriously damaged, right to investigate this? Sure. But the key word is “investigate,” before we destroy people’s lives and careers.
Someday, it could be one of the people demanding immediate expulsion who finds herself in trouble for something she wrote online. And when that happens, I suspect she’ll be grateful for “a fair and just process to determine the proper course of action.”