This article is in response to the Tribune's article 'It doesn't matter because it didn't happen on campus' published on April 4, 2017.
I am acutely aware of the fact that my situation is not unique. Other students have suffered similar experiences, some far more severe than mine, and have yet to see any form of recourse. I am coming forward with this story because I trust that the facts of the case are difficult to dispute, and the lack of response is unconscionable.
The student code should include a commitment to personal integrity, on and off campus. Therefore, being charged with a violent crime—meaning that there is enough probable cause for your arrest—should warrant concrete disciplinary action from the university. Attending a prestigious university like McGill is a privilege, we all worked hard to earn our seat here, and we are deserving of a safe campus.
Again—my goal is to seek a change for the better for our student community. We can modify the student code as we see fit, but it will require working with, and not against, the administration.
—Kathryn Leci, U4 Chemical Engineering