Category BU announcements
 

Appointment of Dr. Julie Desjardins as Dean of Education

Dr. Julie Desjardins

Dear Bishop’s community,

We are very pleased to advise you that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Julie Desjardins as Dean of Education, effective July 1, 2022, for a five-year period.

The Search Committee was chaired by Dr. Miles Turnbull and included Eva Lettner (external community member appointed by the Board of Governors), Dr. Avril Aitken, Dr. Eva Bures, Dr. Sunny Lau, Dr. Joanne Pattison-Meek, Dr. Dawn Wiseman, Dr. Gretchen Wentzell Lowerison (contract faculty), Genny Leclair, student representative, and Principal Michael Goldbloom (ex officio, non-voting participant). Dr. Trygve Ugland, Secretary General, provided support for the Committee.

Dr. Desjardins is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at Université de Sherbrooke, where she has been employed since 2000. She is currently on administrative leave following completion of 12 years as Vice Dean Academic. Before becoming Vice Dean, Dr. Desjardins was Chair of the Elementary teacher education program at Université de Sherbrooke. In these roles, Dr. Desjardins played key leadership roles in teacher education reform at Université de Sherbrooke and in Quebec. At the national level, she was Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the most important scholarly association in education in Canada. Dr. Desjardins is an international expert in educational assessment and teacher education. She has received, alone or with colleagues, more than $1 million in research and educational development grants from a variety of provincial and federal agencies.

Committee members were impressed with Dr. Desjardin’s collegial, transparent and collaborative leadership style and her clear commitment to undergraduate teacher education and graduate level teacher and leadership development. Moreover, her knowledge of and experience with competency-based teacher education and the Quebec accreditation body was noted as a definite asset for her deanship. All of her referees spoke to her poise, inner confidence and strength, goal setting skills and well-rounded profile. Her work ethic and integrity were also mentioned repeatedly among her strongest qualities.

Please join us in wishing Dr. Desjardins the very best for the next five years as Dean of Education.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice Chancellor

Miles Turnbull
Vice-Principal Academic & Research

Bishop’s offers alternative pathway to veterinary and medical studies for undergraduates

Partnering with Universities in the Caribbean through Adtalem

Bishop’s Universities and Adtalem Global Education have entered into a partnership making Bishop’s students eligible for direct admission and scholarships at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM).

“This partnership with Adtalem offers a great alternative for outstanding students who wish to pursue veterinary and medical studies outside of Canada, explains Dr. Kerry Hull, Dean of Science at Bishop’s University. This partnership highlights our commitment to student success both at Bishop’s and beyond.”

Bishop’s University students interested in a career in medicine may consider AUC in Sint Maarten or RUSM in Barbados. Canadian residents are also eligible for AUC’s UK Track program in Preston, United Kingdom. Seven percent of the student population at AUC and RUSM come from Canada. Since 2012, 65 RUSM Canadian students have obtained positions in residency programs across Canada, including surgery at the University of Toronto, family medicine at the University of British Columbia, pediatrics at McMaster University, and anesthesiology at the University of Manitoba.

“Adtalem Global Education is committed to opening up educational pathways for deserving and qualified students who aspire to help their communities,” said John Danaher, M.D., president of Adtalem Medical and Veterinary. “We are proud to partner with institutions like Bishop’s University who share a desire to innovate where students and communities can benefit.”

Interim Secretary General

Dear members of the Bishop’s Community,

At its meeting in March 2022, the Board of Governors struck an Ad Hoc Search Committee for a Secretary General as Dr. Trygve Ugland will conclude his mandate on June 30, 2022.

The Search Committee has begun the process of reviewing the job description and the skills and qualities required for the position.

The Search Committee has recommended that a recruitment firm be engaged to assist with the search process.

Consequently, I have asked Denise Lauzière to assume the position of Secretary General on an interim basis as of July 1, 2022.

Denise has been an important member of the administrative team at Bishop’s since 2013 and in her role as Chief of Staff has been involved with supporting the Board of Governors, Senate and the Bishop’s Council.  During this time, she has gained considerable knowledge, understanding and experience in bicameral governance.

Please join me in expressing our gratitude to Trygve for his significant contributions as Secretary General and in wishing Denise well as she takes on these additional responsibilities.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Donations of physical supplies for Ukraine

Bishops/Champlain community:

In recent weeks, our communities have watched with horror as the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine.

There have already been a variety of responses on campus, and as the situation unfolds, we will continue to offer our support.

At this time, the local Ukrainian community has called for donations of physical materials and supplies that are impossible to acquire from within the conflict.

Some of these items are medical in nature, and we are thankful to the campus clinic and Champlain Nursing for their participation. Others items listed invite participation of the wider community.

Until March 31, we will be collecting the materials listed below.

Items collected can be dropped off at security—be sure to deliver your donations in cardboard boxes.

Following the donation period, a group of staff and students will sort the donations and deliver them for shipping overseas.

WHAT UKRAINE NEEDS:

  • Baby food (formula and jarred), diapers, bottles, pacifiers, wet wipes, baby creams for diaper rash, socks.
  • Electric jars, sleeping bags, mats, candles, matches, empty sandbags, batteries, flashlights, binoculars, night vision devices, walkie-talkies, knee pads.
  • Thermal underwear, underwear (new), socks, shoes, helmets.
  • Personal hygiene items: towels, toothpaste, solid soap, dry deodorants, towels (small).
  • Food: Tea, coffee, sugar, instant cereals, soups, jarred food, energy bars, nuts, dried fruits.

MEDICINES (ONLY PACKAGED):

Analgesics, ibuprofen, tablets for back and joint pain, patches, medicines for diarrhea, heartburn, allergies, epinephrine, medicines for children, burns; external fixation devices for traumatology; disposable scalpel blades; Ambu Bags; surgical threads + needles, kapron, nylon N2, 3, 4, 5; powders to dust wounds, such as gentasept; bandages; surgical kits; kits for the sanitary; treatment of wounds; rigid collar for fixing; decompression needles; syringes; sterile anti-burn material; defibrillators; thermal sheets; Bandages, Hemostatic bandages and dressings, Anti-burn or healing dressings, Hemostatic powder, Decompression needles, Nasotracheal tubes / Endotracheal tubes, Anti-inflammatories, LAQlicyjetics, Physical solutions, Painkillers, Supports for physical solutions (ask in pharmacy), Hemostatic tourniquet, Nasotracheal tubes, Analgesics, Antipyretic, Syringes and arterial tubing, solutions. Over-the-counter medications.

We are not accepting clothes at this time, there is no place to keep them.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Jesse

The Rev. Jesse Dymond
Chaplain, Bishop’s University and Champlain Regional College

St. Mark’s Chapel
Bishop’s University, Abenaki Traditional Territory
2600 College Street,
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada J1M 1Z7

Office: Student Services, room 246 | Phone (819) 822-9600 ext. 2718

Russian Invasion of Ukraine

To the Bishop’s Community,

I have watched the Russian invasion of Ukraine with profound shock and dismay. It is horrifying to witness the assault on democracy and the killing of innocent people.

I wish to express our solidarity with the Ukrainian members of our community. I know that Russian members of our community are equally distraught at the Kremlin’s actions.

I also wish to express our solidarity with our colleagues and students in Ukrainian universities.

It is vitally important that we stand united in condemning and confronting Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable aggression.

We all hope that peace and respect for the democracy and territorial integrity of Ukraine can be restored urgently.

I know that this is an extremely difficult time for many in our community, and I encourage anyone who wishes to do so to contact our support services:

 

For students: 

If you would like to speak to someone at Bishop’s, we offer free and confidential counselling services.  Please contact studentservices@ubishops.ca or 819-822-9695.

You can also book an appointment here:
https://www.ubishops.ca/future-current-students/student-campus-life/student-services/mental-health/

If you require assistance for an emergency outside of the regular operating hours, please call Bishop’s Security Department at 819-822-9711 or from a phone on campus ext. 2711.

You can also call Info-Santé by dialing 811 or Urgence Détresse at 819-780-2222.

You can also contact Empower Me Mental Health and Wellness Support for 24 hour/7-days-a-week confidential counselling support at 1-833-628-5589.

For employees: 

Bishop’s employees can benefit from free, confidential counseling services available through the Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provided by Lifeworks. 

To contact Lifework’s 24-hour, 7 days-a-week toll free telephone service please calls:

English - 1-844-880-9142
French -  1-844-880-9143

If you prefer to consult services that are available online, you can visit www.workhealthlife.com   

You can also download the Lifeworks My EAP app to access E-counselling and First Chat and many other resources.

 

Sincerely,

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Andrew Paul MacDonald appointed Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.)

On Wednesday, December 29th, 2021, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada proudly announced the appointment of 135 individuals to the Order of Canada including, Dr. Andrew Paul MacDonald. Recently retired after 34 years in the Music Department at Bishop’s University, MacDonald is celebrated for his contributions to contemporary Canadian classical, jazz, and electronic music, as an educator, composer, and performer.

Several of Dr. MacDonald’s compositions have been performed and premiered by the Bishop’s University Singers over the years, namely The Frozen Brook (1993), SATB a capella, World premiere in 1994 (Director Nancy Rahn, Bandeen Hall) and Hodie Christus Natus Est, op. 92, SATB and Brass Quintet, World premiere in 2018 (Director Fannie Gaudette, Centennial Theatre).

ORDER OF CANADA

Since its creation in 1967—Canada’s centennial year—more than 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. The contributions of these trailblazers are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. Their grit and passion inspire us, teach us, and show us the way forward. They exemplify the Order’s motto: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). ⁠

 

Read more about Dr. Andrew Paul MacDonald’s musical journey and future projects

Media coverage pertaining to Order of Canada Appointment:

The Sherbrooke Record

CBC Montreal – All in a Weekend

La Tribune

 

 

 

Further details on academic programming in winter 2022

Dear Bishop’s Community,

As the Principal and Dr. Linden-Andersen indicate in their message of January 10th, classes for the winter 2022 semester will resume on Wednesday, January 12 with most classes being delivered remotely.

As we indicated in our message of January 5, 2022, some courses will begin in person on January 12th.  The updated list of exempted courses is provided below. Continue reading below for more information on the plan for January 17th and beyond.

LIST OF EXCEPTIONS- COURSES THAT MAY START IN-PERSON AS OF JANUARY 12th. (additions are LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST, one course reverting to online is highlighted in BOLD)

REMINDER: Students are encouraged to check their BU email account on a regular basis and the course Moodle site for updates (e.g. some science labs and other courses may begin in-person in Week 2). Instructors may provide important details specific to their course by email and/or on the Moodle site.

ABE102(01)Abenaki Language and Culture II
BIL208(01)Genetics Laboratory
BIL208(02)Genetics Laboratory
BIL208(03)Genetics Laboratory
BIL329(01)Invertebrate Bio Lab
BIL337(01)Animal Phys II Lab
BIL337(02)Animal Phys II Lab
BIO206(01)Diversity of Life II
BIO206(02)Diversity of Life II
BIO311(01)Quantitative Methods in Biology
BRS405(01)Chemical Analysis Beer and Ingredie
BRS505(01)Chemical Analysis Beer and Ingredie
CHL192(01)Introductory Lab II
CHL211(01)Organic Che II: Lab
CHL225(01)Inorganic Chemistry II Lab
CHL341(01)Chemical Spectro Lab
CSL201(01)Foundat of CompScLab
CSL201(01)Foundat of CompScLab
CSL216(01)System Program Lang Lab
CSL216(01)System Program Lang Lab
CSL321(01)Adv.ProgTechniqueLab
CSL321(01)Adv.ProgTechniqueLab
DRA132(01)Acting II
DRA211(01)Ritual & Theatre
DRA234(01)Acting IV
DRA251(01)Lighting Design
DRA332(01)Production II:Performance
DRA393(01)Contemporary Theatre Creation III
DRA440(01)Scene Study II – Shakespeare
EDU228(01)Practicum II-Elementary
EDU228(02)Practicum II-Elementary
EDU229(01)Practicum II – Secondary
EDU328Professional Practice (Elem)
EDU329Professional Practice (Sec)
EDU428Internship (elem)
EDU429Internship (Sec)
ESG262IntroGeographicInfoSystem
ESL126(01)Oral Discourse I
EXS228(01)FunAnatoInjuryPreventionTreatmentIn
FIN222(01)Art Therapy
FIN301(01)Art Edu:Theory&Practice
FIS140(01)Foundation Studio
FIS170(01)Sculpture I
FIS170(02)Sculpture I
FIS181(01)Painting I
FIS190(01)Printmaking:Intaglio
FIS260(01)Drawing II
FIS372(01)Sculpture III
FIS375(01)Fiber Art II
FIS382(01)Painting III
FIS395(01)Adv. Studio Problems I
FRE100(01)French I
FRE101(01)French II
FRE121(01)French IV
FRE155(01)Culture & Society Conv.French II
FRE156(01)French Written Communication II
GER306(01)AdvLang: Language  Literature & Fil
JSE102(01)Intro Japanese Lang II
MAT081(01)Enriched Calculus Lab I
MAT082(01)Enriched Calculus Lab II
MAT082(02)Enriched Calculus Lab II
MAT191(01)Enriched Calculus I (WILL START ONLINE)
MAT192(01)Enriched Calculus II
MAT209(01)Linear Algebra
MAT326(01)Math Problem Solving
MTH110(01)Intro to Acting with Song I
MUS116(01)Film Music II
MUS125(01)Musicianship II
MUS170(01)Elective Instrument I
MUS171(01)Elective Instrument II
MUS172(01)Principal Instrument I
MUS173(01)Principal Instrument II
MUS180(01)Choral Ensemble I
MUS181(01)Choral Ensemble II
MUS182(01)Chamber Music Ensemble I
MUS183(01)Chamber Music Ensemble II
MUS184(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop I
MUS185(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop II
MUS188(01)Rock/Pop Band I
MUS189(01)Rock/Pop Band II
MUS235(01)Materials of Music IV
MUS270(01)Elective Instrument III
MUS271(01)Elective Instrument IV
MUS272(01)Principal Instrument III
MUS273(01)Principal Instrument IV
MUS280(01)Choral Ensemble III
MUS281(01)Choral Ensemble IV
MUS282(01)Chamber MusicEnsemble III
MUS283(01)Chamber Music Ensemble IV
MUS284(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop III
MUS285(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop IV
MUS288(01)Rock/Pop Band III
MUS289(01)Rock/Pop Band IV
MUS370(01)Elective Instrument V
MUS371(01)Elective Instrument VI
MUS372(01)Principal Instrument V
MUS373(01)Principal Instrument VI
MUS380(01)Choral Ensemble V
MUS381(01)Choral Ensemble VI
MUS382(01)Chamber Music Ensemble V
MUS383(01)Chamber Music Ensemble VI
MUS384(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop V
MUS385(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop VI
MUS388(01)Rock/Pop Band V
MUS389(01)Rock/Pop Band VI
PHL192(01)Intro Physics Lab II
PHL194(01)Phy/LifeScienceLabII
SPA202(01)Spanish Language IV
SPA302(01)Adv SpanishTopics&TextsII
FIS181(02)Painting I

 

Additions:

FIN 218 Digital Imaging for the Artist I

BMG322 Change Management

 

The following courses will offer hybrid options as of January 12th:

DRA 161 (Intro to costume design)

MTH 300 (Musical production 1)

 

WHAT HAPPENS AS OF JANUARY 17th?

  • All classes that were planned to be in-person on the winter 2022 timetable will be delivered in-person at the time scheduled and in the assigned classroom.
  • All classes scheduled to be delivered online on the winter 2022 timetable will continue to be delivered online. Synchronous courses will continue at the time scheduled in the current timetable.

Therefore, students who have registered for in-person classes must be prepared to return to Lennoxville for these in-person classes beyond January 17.

 

Please note that students should not expect hybrid sections of in-person classes.

 

Future updates

As we wrote in our last message, unpredictability is the new reality so we need to be supportive of each other as we face these challenges. Of course, we have learned that the best laid plans are subject to change.

 

Be well. BU.

 

Miles Turnbull

Vice-Principal Academic & Research

 

Claire Grogan

Associate Vice-Principal Academic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: More details on academic activities in Winter, 2022

Dear Bishop’s Community,

 

Happy New Year! May 2022 be safe, healthy and rewarding for us all!

 

This message is a follow-up to the one sent out on December 31 and serves as a reminder about the way we will begin the Winter 2022 semester. As promised, this message includes a list of courses granted an exemption and may begin on or near January 12th IN-PERSON.

 

Of course, like the pandemic, this list is subject to change.

 

Students are encouraged to check their BU email account on a regular basis and the course Moodle site for updates (e.g. some science labs and other courses may begin in-person in Week 2). Instructors may provide important details specific to their course by email and/or on the Moodle site.

 

The following classes will be offered IN-PERSON:

ABE102(01)Abenaki Language and Culture II
BIL208(01)Genetics Laboratory
BIL208(02)Genetics Laboratory
BIL208(03)Genetics Laboratory
BIL329(01)Invertebrate Bio Lab
BIL337(01)Animal Phys II Lab
BIL337(02)Animal Phys II Lab
BIO206(01)Diversity of Life II
BIO206(02)Diversity of Life II
BIO311(01)Quantitative Methods in Biology
BRS405(01)Chemical Analysis Beer and Ingredie
BRS505(01)Chemical Analysis Beer and Ingredie
CHL192(01)Introductory Lab II
CHL211(01)Organic Che II: Lab
CHL225(01)Inorganic Chemistry II Lab
CHL341(01)Chemical Spectro Lab
CSL201(01)Foundat of CompScLab
CSL201(01)Foundat of CompScLab
CSL216(01)System Program Lang Lab
CSL216(01)System Program Lang Lab
CSL321(01)Adv.ProgTechniqueLab
CSL321(01)Adv.ProgTechniqueLab
DRA132(01)Acting II
DRA211(01)Ritual & Theatre
DRA234(01)Acting IV
DRA251(01)Lighting Design
DRA332(01)Production II: Performance
DRA393(01)Contemporary Theatre Creation III
DRA440(01)Scene Study II – Shakespeare
EDU228(01)Practicum II-Elementary
EDU228(02)Practicum II-Elementary
EDU229(01)Practicum II – Secondary
EDU328Professional Practice (Elem)
EDU329Professional Practice (Sec)
EDU428Internship (elem)
EDU429Internship (Sec)
ESG262IntroGeographicInfoSystem
ESL126(01)Oral Discourse I
EXS228(01)FunAnatoInjuryPreventionTreatmentIn
FIN222(01)Art Therapy
FIN301(01)Art Edu: Theory&Practice
FIS140(01)Foundation Studio
FIS170(01)Sculpture I
FIS170(02)Sculpture I
FIS181(01)Painting I
FIS190(01)Printmaking: Intaglio
FIS260(01)Drawing II
FIS372(01)Sculpture III
FIS375(01)Fiber Art II
FIS382(01)Painting III
FIS395(01)Adv. Studio Problems I
FRE100(01)French I
FRE101(01)French II
FRE121(01)French IV
FRE155(01)Culture & Society Conv.French II
FRE156(01)French Written Communication II
GER306(01)AdvLang: Language  Literature & Fil
JSE102(01)Intro Japanese Lang II
MAT081(01)Enriched Calculus Lab I
MAT082(01)Enriched Calculus Lab II
MAT082(02)Enriched Calculus Lab II
MAT191(01)Enriched Calculus I
MAT192(01)Enriched Calculus II
MAT209(01)Linear Algebra
MAT326(01)Math Problem Solving
MTH110(01)Intro to Acting with Song I
MUS116(01)Film Music II
MUS125(01)Musicianship II
MUS170(01)Elective Instrument I
MUS171(01)Elective Instrument II
MUS172(01)Principal Instrument I
MUS173(01)Principal Instrument II
MUS180(01)Choral Ensemble I
MUS181(01)Choral Ensemble II
MUS182(01)Chamber Music Ensemble I
MUS183(01)Chamber Music Ensemble II
MUS184(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop I
MUS185(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop II
MUS188(01)Rock/Pop Band I
MUS189(01)Rock/Pop Band II
MUS235(01)Materials of Music IV
MUS270(01)Elective Instrument III
MUS271(01)Elective Instrument IV
MUS272(01)Principal Instrument III
MUS273(01)Principal Instrument IV
MUS280(01)Choral Ensemble III
MUS281(01)Choral Ensemble IV
MUS282(01)Chamber MusicEnsemble III
MUS283(01)Chamber Music Ensemble IV
MUS284(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop III
MUS285(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop IV
MUS288(01)Rock/Pop Band III
MUS289(01)Rock/Pop Band IV
MUS370(01)Elective Instrument V
MUS371(01)Elective Instrument VI
MUS372(01)Principal Instrument V
MUS373(01)Principal Instrument VI
MUS380(01)Choral Ensemble V
MUS381(01)Choral Ensemble VI
MUS382(01)Chamber Music Ensemble V
MUS383(01)Chamber Music Ensemble VI
MUS384(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop V
MUS385(01)Jazz/Improv Workshop VI
MUS388(01)Rock/Pop Band V
MUS389(01)Rock/Pop Band VI
PHL192(01)Intro Physics Lab II
PHL194(01)Phy/LifeScienceLabII
SPA202(01)Spanish Language IV
SPA302(01)Adv SpanishTopics&TextsII
FIS181(02)Painting I

 

The following courses will offer hybrid options as of January 12th:

DRA 161 (Intro to costume design)

MTH 300 (Musical production 1)

 

NB- These in-person classes will be offered at the times scheduled and in the classrooms posted in the current timetable (online Timetable (4070).rdl (ubishops.ca).

 

 

Other details to remember:

  1. All classes previously scheduled to be delivered online will continue to be delivered online. Synchronous courses will continue at the time scheduled in the current timetable.

All classes and hybrid ‘sections’ of courses that are currently scheduled to meet in person will begin online at the scheduled time and will continue online until at least January 17, 2022 (we apologize for any confusion created by inadvertently referring to January 24th in an earlier message).

  1. The University plans to revert to offering as much in-person instruction as possible once it is allowed by Public Health. Therefore, students who have registered for in-person classes must be prepared to return to Lennoxville for these in-person classes beyond January 17.

 

  1. Students should not expect hybrid sections of in-person classes to be offered if the course returns to in-person delivery.

Future updates

The University commits to communicating regularly with the community as the COVID situation evolves.

 

A return to further in-person academic activities will be announced to the community at least one week in advance.

 

Unfortunately, significant uncertainty still remains as we commence the Winter semester. We recognize that such uncertainty is difficult, and may cause extra work, anxiety, and stress for staff, faculty, and students.

 

At this moment, unpredictability is the new reality so we need to be supportive of each other as we face these challenges.

 

Be well. BU.

 

Miles Turnbull

Vice-Principal Academic & Research

 

Claire Grogan

Associate Vice-Principal Academic

 

 

 

A message from Principal Goldbloom

Dear parents and alumni,

Some parents and alumni have written to me to express their concerns about reports of sexual aggression at Bishop’s and have asked about what we have done and what we will do to address this situation.

It takes a lot of courage for survivors to share their stories. We are listening carefully to them, and we will continue to support them.

It has been very painful to hear from some students that there are times when they do not feel safe on campus and do not feel supported by the University.

Any form of sexual aggression on our campus and in our community is unacceptable and we are working to eradicate it.

Our legal and moral obligation is to ensure a study and work environment free from any form of violence or harassment.

There must be zero tolerance for violence and harassment at Bishop’s.

We are privileged to have our Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen, leading the University’s efforts to improve how we address sexual aggression at Bishop’s. Dr. Linden-Andersen, earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has instituted a pro-active, survivor-centred, and prevention-based approach. For five years, she has demonstrated principled and considered leadership engaging students, faculty, and staff in developing and implementing important new measures at the University. I am grateful to her and have the greatest confidence in her and the changes she continues to bring forth.

However, I have also heard the clear message from our students that we need to do more, and as Principal at Bishop’s, I am accountable for ensuring that we do.

Statements of support and expressions of good intent matter, but the actions of our administration and of our community will be what matter most.

Each of us has the responsibility of being an active bystander equipped and ready to intervene to prevent sexual aggression.

As a University, we rely on several strategies to combat and address the consequences of sexual violence.

First, we aim to educate ourselves and the community. For the last several years, the University has offered several educational activities concerning sexual violence. Notably, ‘Active Bystander Intervention’ training and the ‘Can I Kiss You?’ consent presentation are mandatory for all first-year students during their first week on campus. The online training module ‘It Takes All of Us’ is mandatory for students, faculty and staff. This program strives to increase awareness of sexual violence in order to help shift campus culture to one of respect and consent, and to create a community free of sexual violence.

Second, we have instituted concrete actions intended to prevent sexual violence. Our Security team is trained in responding to sexual violence on campus and is present day and night seven days a week. We continue to work closely with them to ensure any survivors who disclose acts of sexual aggression are accompanied and guided to the supports available to them.

We also work closely with our local police to help keep our community safe. On nights featuring big events, the Student Services team and student peer supporters install safety tents on and off campus as safe places to reach out immediately for support. The SafeWalk program, which provides accompaniment in walking across the campus and in town, and the lighting installed on the bike path are among the other sexual violence prevention tools.

Third, we support the survivors. The University’s full-time Sexual Aggression Response Coordinator works closely with the other counselors to provide support. The University also has processes for survivors of sexual violence to report these criminal acts in a safe environment designed to protect survivors’ privacy.

There are three levels of reporting of sexual violence:

  1. A confidential disclosure, which can result in immediate implementation of accommodations ranging from academic supports to no-contact orders or temporary removal of the alleged aggressor from campus;
  2. A formal complaint process to request an investigation, which can result in sanctions up to and including expulsion of an aggressor;
  3. A complaint to the police which can result in criminal proceedings.

We inform survivors of their options and accompany and support them along whichever avenue they choose.

We have organized two Town Hall meetings to discuss concrete actions and proposals for improvements of existing policies and practices. The first was held on Tuesday, November 9 and the second was held on Wednesday, November 24. In addition, a group of students presented their concerns to the Board of Governors. The presentation to the Board was followed by a meeting of those students, the executive of the Sexual Culture Committee, the President of the Students’ Representative Council, the Dean of Student Affairs and myself.

A number of concrete actions have been implemented in response to these meetings:

  1. An independent investigator has been appointed to receive information about the statements on the bridge and to review how they have been handled;
  2. The Board of Governors has established a Committee of board members, students, faculty and staff to review and make recommendations concerning:
    1. the independent investigator’s report;
    2. our policies, practices and procedures intended to prevent sexual violence; and
    3. our policies, practices and procedures in receiving disclosures of sexual aggression, support for survivors and sanctioning of aggressors.

The Board committee, which will be chaired by the Vice-Chair of the Board, Cathy McLean ’82, will report to the Board at each meeting and its final report will be shared with the community.

  1. Revisions to our Policy for the Prevention Sexual Violence, which have been developed over the last year, will be presented for approval at the Board meeting in December.

We will continue to inform the community about how we are working to eradicate sexual aggression in a forthright and transparent way.

Our work will require determined leadership from the University administration, faculty, staff, and students.

I am convinced that we have the capacity to make Bishop’s a safer place if we work together with urgency, determination, and respect.

Sincerely,

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Updated statement from the Vice-Principal Academic & Research and Associate Vice-Principal Academic

Dear Bishop’s Community,

This week, some students from the School of Education are leading a protest over the University’s recent decision to dismiss a professor. For ethical reasons and out of respect for confidentiality, the University does not discuss matters related to any individual member of faculty or staff.

In any situation where a conflict may arise, there are robust processes in place to protect employees and the University Community. These steps are clearly outlined in collective agreements between the University and its employees, which have been negotiated and agreed upon.

As provided for in the collective agreement, the faculty member has requested that the matter be referred to arbitration, which is the appropriate forum for these issues to be addressed.

As stated last week, we remain committed and accountable for maintaining a healthy and collegial environment free of discrimination for all members of the Bishop’s community.

Sincerely,

Miles Turnbull
Vice-Principal Academic & Research

Claire Grogan
Associate Vice-Principal Academic