Report from the Restorative Justice Process at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry

72 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2016

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Jennifer Llewellyn

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Jacob MacIsaac

Dalhousie University

Melissa MacKay

Dalhousie University

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

In December 2014, female students in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Dentistry filed complaints under the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy after they became aware some of their male colleagues had posted offensive material about them in a private Facebook group. The select materials revealed from the Facebook group reflected misogynistic, sexist and homophobic attitudes. At the complainants’ request, the University began a restorative justice process to investigate the matter, address the harms it caused and examine the climate and culture within the Faculty that may have influenced the offensive nature of the Facebook group’s content. Twenty-nine students from the class of DDS2015 (out of 38 in the core four-year program) participated in the restorative justice process. This included 12 of the 13 men identified as members of the Facebook group when the offensive material was discovered. Fourteen women and three other men from the DDS2015 class also participated in the process over the last five months.

This report gives an account of the restorative justice process.

Keywords: Restorative Justice

Suggested Citation

Llewellyn, Jennifer and MacIsaac, Jacob and MacKay, Melissa, Report from the Restorative Justice Process at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry (May 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2879539 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2879539

Jennifer Llewellyn (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University ( email )

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Jacob MacIsaac

Dalhousie University ( email )

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Melissa MacKay

Dalhousie University ( email )

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Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7
Canada

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