In the past few days, the McGill Alumni Association has received several expressions of opinion from McGill alumni in the wake of news reports on the events of November 10, 2011 on the downtown campus.
Some of these responses have been critical of McGill University, but all share a common thread: they reflect the commentors’ deep bond with, and strong affection for, McGill. It is encouraging and moving to see that even some the most critical messages stem mainly from a strong concern for McGill’s well being.
The McGill Alumni Association (MAA)’s own response to recent events is rooted in these same feelings. The MAA shares the community’s concern over the recent events. The presence of riot police on campus – in circumstances still to be fully elucidated – has left many shaken.
Just as McGill’s alumni do, the MAA hope the events of November 10 spur on a dialogue that reflects the University’s best traditions of passionate but civilized debate and intellectual respect. Just as alumni do, we wish that any new procedures, or new means of dialogue, that are developed in the wake of these events ultimately strengthen McGill.
While the MAA cannot take a position on specific incidents, or on claims relating to the events, we are heartened by the fact that the University quickly gave Dean Daniel Jutras of the Faculty of Law the mandate to conduct an independent investigation.
Equally heartening is that the terms of the inquiry mandate a report within a short timeline – by December 15. We believe a prompt and objective examination of the facts will contribute considerably to the elaboration of positive changes.
You can read the letter setting out the mandate in full here:
In the meantime, we look forward to hearing viewpoints from alumni, for McGill’s graduates have always played a key role in getting to the heart of issues that shape the University’s future. The MAA also pledges to lend any assistance we can to the University in fostering constructive dialogue or developing new initiatives.