Statement from Orientation Team Leaders

Dear Fellow Carleton Students,

As many of you are aware, an incident occurred yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014) at an off-campus event that called into question the integrity of Carleton University’s Safe Space Program (CUSSP). Photographs were taken of student leaders wearing shirts with profane and offensive messaging while on their way to an event.

We, the leaders involved in this incident, would like to offer our sincerest apologies to Carleton University students, staff, and faculty, Carleton alumni, Leslie Robertson and her family and the greater Ottawa community.

While our intentions were not to harm or disrespect anyone, the T-shirts in question were without a doubt inappropriate, inconsiderate, offensive and disgraceful. Intent is not an excuse for impact and we take full responsibility for the seriousness of our actions.

In this moment we are reminded of our influence on not just current and incoming Carleton University students but also our community. It pains us to know that we have tarnished the name of our institution and the hard work of thousands of students, staff and faculty in creating a safe and inclusive environment.

Carleton University and all of its associated organizations have worked tirelessly to create a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone. Whether that is through Equity Services, the Carleton University Students’ Association Service Centres or Health and Counselling Services. We hope that the misguided actions of a small group of students will not bring into question the hard work of these individuals and organizations.

Given the magnitude of this incident, it is vital that we not only make amends through our words but also our actions. All of the individuals involved have committed to engage in community service with various services on and off our campus throughout the academic year to ensure the important work that has made Carleton University a leader in Orientation programming and a safe space champion continues for years to come.

Moving forward, we are dedicated to working with the Carleton University administration to ensure that incidents like this one do not occur in the future and that all events involving Carleton University students are led within a safe space regardless of whether these events happen on campus or off.

We hope all our fellow Ravens had a safe, fun and inclusive fall Orientation week.


Your “Join the Conspiracy” Team Leaders