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.