Bullying expert to probe how to prevent sexual violence at Halifax university

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HALIFAX - Saint Mary's University has hired an outside expert to lead a task force on sexual violence after a frosh-week chant glorifying the sexual assault of underage girls created a national outcry.

University president Colin Dodds says Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University, will head up a council that will examine ways to create a "culture change" at the school's campus in Halifax.

The appointment comes in response to a Labour Day chant performed by student leaders that contained explicit lyrics.

The university says MacKay will look at methods to inspire respectful behaviour and a safe learning environment within Saint Mary's.

His group will produce recommendations by the middle of December.

MacKay, a former president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University, recently authored a report on preventing bullying and cyberbullying for the Nova Scotia government.

He has also served as the executive director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the vice-chairman of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Organizations: Halifax university, Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University Mount Allison University Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission International Centre

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Nova Scotia

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