OTTAWA — Faced with allegations of sexual harassment and a sex assault investigation involving members of the varsity men’s hockey team, the University of Ottawa is setting up a task force on respect and equality, president Allan Rock said Thursday.
“We can’t solve all the problems of the world, it’s out there everywhere. But I believe universities and colleges can make an important contribution for dealing effectively with it in the face of a sea of violence and degradation,” Rock said in his first public comments since he suspended the men’s hockey program because of an allegation members of the varsity team were involved in a gang sex assault in Thunder Bay, Ont., earlier this month.
Members of the task force haven’t been named, but Rock said the school expects a report in the fall.
“As appalling as the allegations have been, they’ve been a catalyst for frank discussion about attitudes and a fearless inventory of our practices and assumptions.”
The creation of the task force follows two recent scandals at the university.