Novelist and Concordia grad Heather O'Neill applauds suspensions

From CTV - January 12, 2018

Montreal novelist and Concordia University graduate Heather ONeill applauds news the university has suspended two creative writing professors amid allegations of sexual misconduct but says there is a long way to go before women are safe on the campus.

The suspensions were announced by a students group Friday, sources told CTV Montreal.

When I first heard about it, I was actually overwhelmed with emotion. I think its a momentous event for them and Im glad they took action so quickly within this week because its been going on for so many years, ONeill told CTV News Channel Friday.

I know this is going to be a huge step in changing the environment at the school.

The university did not confirm any suspensions, citing privacy, but did say an investigation will be conducted by an external party.

ONeill attended Concordia in the late 1990s and released her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals in 2006, which won several prestigious awards.

She said women had to fight for education and a place in the workforce and now are having to fight to be treated with the respect and dignity males receive.


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