TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The York University Graduate Students
Association (YUGSA) executive is deeply concerned with the
administration's handling of a recent student accommodation request and
urges the university to unequivocally uphold the principle of gender
The request in question came to Professor J. Paul Grayson earlier this
year from a student who, citing religious grounds, asked to be exempted
from group work with female students. We are extremely troubled to
learn that LA&PS Dean, Martin Singer, and Director of the Centre for
Human Rights, Noël Badiou, responded by instructing Prof. Grayson to
grant the student's request.
This decision casts serious doubt on York's commitment to upholding
gender equality within our university community, despite the
administration's stated promise of inclusivity and plurality. It also
raises questions about the university's procedures for handling such
cases as they may have arisen in the past, and sets a dangerous
precedent for future accommodation requests of this nature.
We stand in agreement with Prof. Grayson in opposing this discriminatory
move by the administration and strongly object to any forms of
accommodation and exceptionalism that infringe upon the rights of other
students to equitable treatment. Meanwhile, we also strongly condemn
those responses to the administration's decision that are rooted in
xenophobic and racist attitudes towards religious minorities.
The YUGSA executive urges the administration to take a clear and
principled stance against sexism and to immediately rescind its earlier
The York University Graduate Students' Association is the fully autonomous student body that represents the more than 6,100
full and part-time graduate students registered at York.
SOURCE: YORK UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Donya Ziaee, YUGSA VP Gender, firstname.lastname@example.org. 416-736-5865
Rehaana Manek, YUGSA VP Equity, email@example.com. 416-736-5865