Two McGill University student leaders have been cleared of misconduct accusations related to their support of the ongoing strike at the school, says one of the two accused. Joel Pedneault, a vice-president for the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) told the Montreal Gazette that the accusations were dropped on Friday after he met with associate dean of arts André Costopoulos.
Pedneault says he wants a public apology from administrators for what he calls “harassment.”
Pedneault and colleague Micha Stettin received letters Oct. 14 suggesting they violated the Code of Student Conduct related to a demonstration held on Oct. 11 where students calling themselves the “mob squad” sat in an entrance to the university to show their support for McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association (MUNACA) employees. Pedneault didn’t even attend the protest.
The relationship between McGill administrators, MUNACA employees and some students has been strained by the strike, with allegations of thrown objects, the arrest of a 63-year-old employee, picketing that shut down a construction site and more. To read about the acrimony, click here.