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Halifax police say no criminal investigation into Dalhousie Facebook scandal

The Dalhousie University dentistry building is seen on Jan. 12, 2015.
The Dalhousie University dentistry building is seen on Jan. 12, 2015. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Halifax police say they are not proceeding with a criminal investigation into misogynistic and violent Facebook posts allegedly made by fourth-year dentistry students at Dalhousie University.

Halifax Regional Police said Thursday afternoon they had concluded a review of material pertaining to the case and found no evidence to suggest a crime had occurred.

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On Wednesday, police received the material from Dalhousie. On Tuesday, Global News reported the university had initially refused to share it. However, after the story was published, Dalhousie indicated it would co-operate with police.

Dalhousie was not under a legal obligation to share the documents with police.

Police said because there are also no criminal complaints related to the case, they will not pursue their investigation.

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The 13 students tied to the “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen” Facebook group were suspended from clinical activities and later ordered to attend classes remotely after its existence and the nature of its postings were publicized in December. The university delayed the opening of its dental clinic in January by a week as it dealt with the ongoing controversy.

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