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Updated: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:56:13 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Saint Mary's student president resigns over sex chant



Saint Mary's student president resigns over sex chant

The president of the Saint Mary's University Student Association has resigned over a frosh-week chant that promoted non-consensual sex with underage girls.

Two students are also facing disciplinary action over the incident, the university said.

"It is with deep reflection that I tender my resignation," Jared Perry said in a media release Friday evening. "I believe this action is in the best interests of the students, the association and the university."

He said stepping down would allow the student association to "focus exclusively on the work of re-mediating the damage earlier this week to the reputation of the association and Saint Mary’s University."

In a separate release, the university said two student organizers will face disciplinary action over the incident.

"A formal complaint was received Friday, September 6. The complaint alleges violations of the Student Code of Conduct for the use of abusive or offensive language or gestures at university-sponsored functions," spokesman Steve Proctor said.

Proctor said the disciplinary hearing will be held within 10 days. If the alleged violations are substantiated, the students could face fines, suspension or expulsion.

Proctor said SMU will not name the students, in accordance with university policy.

Vice-president also resigns

Perry said he will run for president in the byelection for the post he's just vacated.

"I am personally deeply committed to addressing the damage incurred this week by being part of a long-term change initiative. Also, I believe it is important for the students of Saint Mary's to directly assess my leadership through the electoral process," he said.

Carrigan Desjardins also resigned from the position of vice-president for student life at the student association. She was responsible for the frosh week program.

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