Summary of March 8th Climate Review Presentation and Feedback

On Friday, March 8th, Concordia held a meeting with Creative Writing students to respond to the Climate Review report that had been released the day before at 3pm. This message was also shared with English literature students and some alumni, who also chose to attend.

We want to thank everyone who attended this meeting and gave feedback. We are especially grateful to those of our students who stayed for our general meeting that took place afterwards. We will be releasing a response to both the Climate Report and the meeting soon, once we have had a chance to integrate the feedback we received from our students. For now, we believe it is important for our students unable to attend to have a chance to read what was discussed on Friday.

Below is a rough transcription of the meeting’s proceedings. We cannot guarantee that these are the exact words used, but rather a summary to inform students and the public about what was discussed. The climate review was an external process and the “panelists” at the meeting are unrelated to that committee. Faculty on the panel are essentially liaisons, communicating this info (all available online) to students in attendance.

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‘Consent and Complaint’ Statement Signatories

Keep up with the growing tally of signatories in support of our recent statement.

In case you missed it, here’s our full response to the continuous mishandling of sexual violence and harassment complaints at Concordia: https://bit.ly/2tfAHPE 

Students, faculty and alumni are all encouraged to sign on in acknowledgement that:

  • The complaint system at Concordia, and the legislation that supports its silence, is broken.
    Policies at Concordia around complaints lack support or transparency for students and complainants, which is in direct opposition to the ideals of SARC.
  • Concordia must be changed to incorporate assistance for complainants in writing their formal grievances and provide the same kind of legal representation that accused professors and staff receive during an investigation.
  • CUPFA needs to clarify their relationship with Julius Grey and whether he has represented members of their association, in the past or present.
  • CUPFA must apologize for misrepresenting the intent of its Sexual Misconduct panel and for silencing voices of its audience by not allowing a question period afterwards.
  • Concordia needs to publicly apologize to past and present English and Creative Writing students that have been put at risk for, and experienced, sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of professors over the years.
  • CUPFA and Concordia, as institutions as well as its individuals, are responsible for changing the toxic community by implementing bystander intervention policies. They must promote responsibility between faculty to hold one other accountable to community standards and communicating those standards to their students.
  • Professors must commit to explicitly setting standards of behaviour for themselves and students in their classrooms.
  • Concordia staff and faculty should be directly asking for bystander intervention expectations and training that relates to their department, to prepare them to intervene.
  • Concordia needs to provide an explanation for the delay in the English and Creative Writing Climate Review, as well as set a specific deadline for its public release of recommendations.
  • Concordia, CUPFA, and the English Department must regularly update students and the public about its actions towards implementing these necessary changes.