Dalhousie University dental school graduates will be required to tell Nova Scotia’s licensing body for dentists whether they are among the 13 students accused of posting violent sexual comments about women on Facebook.
“Failure to disclose these types of proceedings when applying could result in subsequent disqualification from practice,” Dr. Tom Raddall, chair of the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, said in an email.
“All applicants, including any applicant from Dalhousie, will be required to disclose any disciplinary proceedings or complaints made against them during their university education,” Raddall said.
Dalhousie president Richard Florizone announced earlier this week that the university had suspended the 13 students’ clinical privileges.
The school hasn’t yet announced whether fourth-year dentistry classes will resume next Monday.
Raddall’s comment comes as the Halifax university rejected a request from Ontario’s dental licensing body to hand over the names of the dental students accused of posting the sexually violent comments.
A Dalhousie spokesperson said the university has an obligation to protect the privacy of its students.
Raddall said Nova Scotia’s regulatory board will be seriously monitoring ongoing disciplinary proceedings at Dalhousie.
“The Provincial Dental Board has deep concern related to the alleged abhorrent social media postings by the thirteen senior dental students at Dalhousie University,” Raddall said. “There is no place in dentistry for this type of alleged behavior.”
Dentistry graduates must be licensed by a provincial regulatory body before they are allowed to legally practise dentistry.
“A requirement for licensure is that the person is of good moral character and is a fit and proper person to be licensed as a dentist,” Raddall said.
Earlier this week, Irwin Fefergrad, registrar of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, said if Dalhousie withheld the names, the college would have to ask every Dalhousie graduate seeking a licence if they had been the subject of a complaint or an inquiry at the university.
According to the CBC, members of the Class of DDS Gentlemen page on Facebook voted on which woman they’d like to have “hate” sex with and joked about using chloroform on women. In another post, a woman is shown in a bikini with a caption that says, “Bang until stress is relieved or unconscious (girl).”
The Facebook page has since been taken down.
- With files from Canadian Press