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Joint Statement from the CUS and the AMS

Numerous reports have circulated of inappropriate and offensive chants depicting non-consensual sex being lead by student leaders during first year orientation events organized by the Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) of UBC.

Both the CUS and its governing body the Alma Mater Society (AMS) of UBC Vancouver are deeply troubled by this behaviour, which strictly opposes the attitudes and opinions of both societies. As societies representing the needs of students, we vehemently condemn any conduct that promotes or endorses sexualized violence.

We sincerely apologize for the offensive and unacceptable conduct of the leaders tasked with welcoming students to our institution.

The AMS stringently follows the policies outlined in the UBC Student Code of Conduct and requires the same from all members and constituencies. Both the AMS and CUS will be actively and transparently participating in UBC’s investigation into this incident and the AMS will be conducting its own investigations into the orientations run by all undergraduate societies. The co-chairs of the CUS orientation team have tendered their resignations but will continue to assist with the investigations as needed.

The AMS and CUS will be working together to ensure all members of the CUS leadership team attend training with our Sexual Assault Support Centre. Going forward we will be working to ensure such chants, or any offensive or derogatory conduct, never again occur within an AMS sanctioned event.

Students who are in need of support are encouraged to use the following resources and services offered by the AMS:
AMS Ombudsperson, assist@ams.ubc.ca
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre, www.gotconsent.ca
AMS Speakeasy (peer support), www.ams.ubc.ca/services/speakeasy

Caroline Wong, President
Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver

Enzo Woo, President
UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society

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