President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University Responds to SSMPS Investigation

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Algoma University

Following a story published on SaultOnline yesterday about a male charged for indecent exposure at Algoma University as a result of an investigation by Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina issued the following statement to students, faculty, staff, administration and the board:

“I am deeply distressed by the recent news report detailing a Sault Ste. Marie Police Service (SSMPS) investigation into alleged incidents of indecent acts on our Sault Ste. Marie campus.  The safety and security of our students, staff, and faculty are the utmost concern of the Algoma University community. We are committed to supporting the SSMPS in this investigation.

It is our understanding that the investigation does not reference any student survivors.  As the police investigation is ongoing, we cannot share any further information to protect the privacy of the survivors.   If you have additional information, please contact SSMPS (705-949-6300) or contact Algoma University Human Resources (705-949-2301 ext. 4373) and/or the Director, Student Success and Well-being (705-949-2301 ext. 4212). If you wish to remain anonymous, you can complete Algoma University’s online reporting form.

Confidential on-campus and off-campus resources available for students, faculty and staff are available here.

Students, should you feel that you need additional support (including a referral for online counselling), please contact [email protected]  Our team is regularly monitoring and can be available to arrange support. Counselling services are available via Zoom to ensure your safety and well-being.”

Additional external supports available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, include:

  • Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-205-7100
  • Good to Talk: 1-866-925-5454
  • Victim Services of Algoma: 705-945-6905

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  1. Edwin,
    Maybe not in Sault Ste. Marie! Look at the President and CEO of our local hospital. She was paid $349,299.00 for flaunting the Covid rules while many of us have not been able to see our children, grandchildren and other loved ones. Look at the multitude of people who have died alone without the peace and comfort of a loved one. APH said it was okay and then just swept it under the rug knowing the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie would swallow this hook, line and sinker. Nice! (Only in Sault Ste. Marie)

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