and distressing event occurred Monday at Concordia University. A speaker,
invited by a student group, was prevented from speaking by the use of
violence and intimidation. Some students and visitors were threatened
and jostled. University property was damaged.
In a university that prides itself on openness, tolerance of diversity
and freedom of expression, such actions evoke shame and dismay. They cannot
and will not be tolerated.
The following steps will be taken immediately:
1. Normal operations resumed, on Tuesday, September 10. The Hall Building
was open as usual. Students, professors and staff can be assured that
appropriate security will be in place.
2. Those identified as having provoked or engaged in violence or vandalism
will be prosecuted and their student status reviewed.
3. What is needed now is a period of restraint. A moratorium on the use
of university space for events related to the Middle East conflict will
be instituted immediately and until further notice.
This includes a moratorium on public speeches, rallies, exhibits and information
tables. We will be meeting with student leaders to develop a more long-term
policy in this regard.
Concordia has no intention of abandoning its tradition of free expression.
It is not acceptable for the university to be disrupted in the manner
that occurred on Monday.
Frederick Lowy, Rector and Vice-Chancellor
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