Engineering Student Society B and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science issue formal statements regarding D-Day mugs

Sep 16th, 2013

Memorial Engineering

Engineering Student Society B and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science issue formal statements regarding D-Day mugs

Dr. Greg Naterer, dean of Engineering and Applied Science, met with engineering student society B members to express his disappointment with their recent D-Day mugs. He emphasized that the image on the mug was unacceptable, and did not reflect his values, nor the values of the university, nor those of the engineering profession. The profession upholds a high standard of integrity, moral character and professional conduct.

Student society B has formally apologized. “We, as a society, acknowledge the poor judgment we have exercised in the selection of this mug,” it said in a recent statement. “We regret that this reflects so poorly on us and our faculty, which promotes and exhibits nothing but equality and professionalism in engineering. Our actions were highly irresponsible. While we cannot change what has already transpired, we can guarantee that we will do everything we can to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future. Again we deeply apologize for this incident.”

“I have discussed the concerns regarding the incident with the appropriate offices of Memorial that have the jurisdiction to deal with matters relating to student behaviours and student conduct. The students have offered a written apology and in keeping with Memorial’s policies and procedures, all parties have agreed to engage in an informal process under Memorial’s procedures as a method of resolution,” said Dr. Naterer.

“This has been a teachable experience that will lead to positive future changes in the attitudes and behaviors of students. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is continually striving to provide an environment of respect and dignity, which very much welcomes women in engineering and celebrates their many achievements and outstanding successes. It will continue to promote the benefits of men and women working together in their professional and personal development during engineering studies,” he added.

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