Schuklenk’s January 5th update:
Dalhousie University announced today that the dental students in question have been suspended from participation in clinics. I don’t know what their timetable would have looked like at this stage in their curriculum, and whether this means that they’d still be able to sit in classes.
Dalhousie’s media release, “Dalhousie Suspends 13 Fourth Year Dental Students from Clinical Activities,” can be found on its website
Quite remarkable events are occurring currently at Dalhousie University’s Dental School. They take place against the backdrop of an ongoing international outcry about alleged or real rape cultures on university campuses across North America.
While Schuklenk notes that “Misogyny is apparently not a phenomenon limited to student conduct at Dalhousie’s School of Dentistry” since faculty may be implicated as well, he focuses on the students and on Dalhousie President Dr. Richard Florizone’s decision “to embark on a restorative justice course of action” to deal with the the members of Facebook group called “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen”:
If the reported facts are correct, I cannot see how any of these students could possibly be permitted to complete their studies and graduate. I also cannot see how anyone could provide them in good conscience with a license to practice dentistry. These students are clearly unfit to become health care professionals. It is that simple. Vulnerable patients should be wary of any regulatory body that saw fit to provide such people with a license to practice dentistry.
Schuklenk questions “how effective the Dental School’s professional ethics education has been” and discusses the effect of “restorative justice activities” on female students:
Meanwhile, come Monday [ January 5, 2015] morning, the women subjected to rape fantasies by their male classmates will be lucky enough to face them again in class and dental clinics while the restoration show gets on the road. Is this mind boggling? Not just a little bit. One wonders what’s going on in the minds of senior management at Dalhousie.
and comes to the conclusion that
While there is nothing per se wrong with following the informal process of restorative justice, it clearly is insufficient to address the problem at hand. A formal disciplinary investigation is called for, independent of the restorative justice exercise. The men involved and identified in the Facebook postings should be suspended until that formal investigation has run its course.
The 47,528 people who signed Meghan B’s change.org petition agree; in fact, they want “the Students who were members and/or participated in the Facebook group called ‘Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen'” expelled.