September 8, 2013 7:11 pm

Student leaders at UBC resign over rape chant controversy

First-year Sauder School of Business students participate in Frosh activities in a YouTube video posted online on Sept. 2, 2013.

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UPDATE: UBC Sauder School of Business has announced it will no longer sponsor FROSH events sponsored by the Commerce Undergraduate Society.

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The student leaders responsible for organizing orientation events at UBC’s Sauder School of Business have resigned over a chant encouraging the rape of underage girls that was taught to first-year students.

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In a release from the Commerce Undergraduate Society and the Alma Mater Society, the two student groups apologized for the “offensive and unacceptable conduct of the leaders tasked with welcoming students.”

“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 statement said.

The offensive chant states, “Y-O-U-N-G at UBC we like ‘em young, Y is for your sister, O is for oh so tight, U is for under age, N is for no consent, G is for go to jail.”

The cheer is a variation of a similar chant that sparked national outrage at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax earlier this week.

Robert Helsley, the dean of Sauder School of Business, issued a statement Saturday condemning the chant.

“… all members of this community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that contributes positively to an environment in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusiveness are valued,” the statement said.

Helsley said the school is investigating and disciplinary actions may be enforced. The school also plans to educate students about the harm caused by such behaviour.

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