We want to reassure the community of the SSMU’s position condemning physical violence and our commitment to maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all students irrespective of race, religion, cultural or political background.
Every Director, Councillor, Officer, and member of any committee of the Board of Directors or Legislative Council of the Society must uphold the Standard of Care for all members of the community as outlined in our Constitution. It is the decision of the Executive Committee that Councilor Sadikov’s recent actions did not uphold this responsibility. More specifically, we believe that Councillor Sadikov’s actions were an incitement of violence and, for that reason alone, we have recommended that he resign from his position as a Director and as an Arts Representative to the Legislative Council.
The Executive would also like to recognize that more should have been done to moderate the conversation that took place at the SSMU Legislative Council meeting on February 9th, 2017, and would like to reiterate our apology to members of the community who felt unsafe both during and following that discussion. We are working towards ensuring this will not happen again.
As a reminder, the SSMU offers peer support resources as listed below and we will be working closely with the administration in the days to come in order to make sure special arrangements can be made for the safety of our entire membership. To this end, we have developed an anonymous form for the SSMU to collect student concerns regarding their safety or comfort. Submissions to this form will be shared confidentially with the Dean of Students. We understand that this has been a difficult time for many students and would like to reiterate our support and commitment to ensuring your safety.
For any members of our community who feel personally affected by this situation, we would like to highlight some of the support resources available on campus:
McGill Students’ Nightline (confidential listening service)
Phone Number: 514-398-6246
Hours of Operation: 6pm-3am, Monday - Sunday
Peer Support Centre (face-to-face student support)
Location: SSMU Building, Room 411
Drop-In Hours: 1pm-7pm, Monday - Friday
To book an appointment: http://pscappointment.wixsite.com/pscbooking
Counselling & Mental Health Services (professional care)
Location: Brown Building, Suite 5500
Phone Number: 514-398-6019
Urgent Care Hours: 11am-1pm, Monday - Friday
- The SSMU Executive Committee