December 10, 2023

The University of Alberta took action after the recent controversy surrounding the improper use of the name of its Sexual Assault Centre. Samantha Pearson, the center’s director, was removed from her position for endorsing an open letter that denied allegations of rape and sexual violence by Hamas terrorists against Israeli women during the October 7 massacre. In response, the university announced the immediate removal of Pearson and appointed a new interim director for the Sexual Assault Centre. The university emphasized that Pearson’s views do not represent the institution. President Bill Flanagan stated that the unauthorized use of the university’s name in endorsing the open letter raised concerns and reiterated that Pearson’s views do not represent the university. Flanagan also emphasized the university’s commitment to inclusivity and recognized the hurtful nature of the event.