SFUO Statement Regarding Vet’s Tour

October 18, 2016

OTTAWA – The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa has been made aware of a situation in which students were encouraged to behave inappropriately and dangerously at an event organised by one of our Federated Bodies, the Science Students’ Association. The SFUO condemns any and all behaviours or activities that promote rape culture or that could potentially facilitate sexual violence.

Having implemented multiple educational workshops on sexual violence, a variety of campaigns to fight rape culture, as well as anti-oppression trainings for student leaders involved in their Federated Bodies, the SFUO will continue the work we have started to make our campus safer for all.

The SFUO stands by its commitment to support survivors and victims of sexual violence and fighting rape culture on campus. In order to ensure that our campus is a safer space the SFUO will review and build upon our current strategies to fight rape culture, further implement concrete measures so that these behaviours do not happen again, and work with the University of Ottawa community in order to address this situation.

As an internal investigation is currently underway, we do not wish to provide further comment at this time.

A list of resources for victims and survivors of sexual violence can be found here.  The SFUO also offers confidential active listening sessions within many of our service centres, including the Women’s Resource Centre, the Pride Centre, the Peer Help Centre, and the Centre for Students with Disabilities.

Furthermore, following the publication of La Rotonde’s article about Vet’s Tour, hateful and islamophobic comments were directed towards the journalist, Ms Mehdi. The SFUO denounces any comment or behaviour of the sort and condemns the islamophobia present within them.


For more information:
Francesco MacAllister-Caruso
Vice-President, Services and Communications
(613) 562-5800 ext. 4072