Dalhousie dentistry student faces hearing over Facebook comments

Published On January 20, 2015 | By HN Staff | News
Dalhousie University (Photo Credit : Duane_Brown)

Dalhousie University (Photo Credit : Duane_Brown)

By Mario Belan

A hearing was held Tuesday in Halifax for Ryan Millet, one of the 13 of a Facebook group where misogynistic comments were made about female classmates at Dalhousie University’s dentistry’s school.

Results and details from the hearing had yet to be released to the public.

Millet, 29, brought the issue to light when he blew the whistle on the students who made these degrading comments.  His lawyer Bruce MacIntosh said that Millet will argue his case and should be reinstated.

Millet said that he was added to the group and that he didn’t join it.

The post upset me quite a bit,” he said in a Globe and Mail article published last weekend, referring to a post about which classmate the men should have hate-sex with.

He said that he didn’t post any comments on the page.

“That’s not me. That’s not what I’m about. And people who know me would agree,” he said in the report.

Millet said he couldn’t take it anymore.

“To see something so targeted and violent and hateful against someone that you care about is something else,” he told the Globe.

Millet has apologized for this situation.

He is the only member of the Facebook group that is facing a disciplinary hearing.

In a joint statement from President Richard Florizone and Dean Thomas Boran they said that a number of woman came to them and chose to file action under the Sexual Harassment Policy. Discipline has been made with the students at fault.

“The suspension is necessary to ensure a safe and supportive environment for patients and classmates who participate in the clinic,” said Florizone and Boran in their statement that was published on the school’s website.

 

According to the University website these students will be punished for their offensive behavior. It says that there are many consequences under their policy.

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