A message from Sauder School of Business Dean and UBC Vice-President, Students regarding CUS FROSH


It has been reported that a chant endorsing non-consensual sex was recited on one or more buses taking students between events during FROSH orientation activities run by the UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS). 

This is of grave concern to all members of the UBC community. Such behaviour would be completely inconsistent with the values of UBC and the Sauder School of Business and completely inconsistent with the instruction that the Commerce Undergraduate Society receives on appropriate conduct prior to FROSH. 

The University is a community of students, faculty, and staff involved in learning, teaching, research, and other activities. In accordance with The UBC Student Code of Conduct all members of this community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that contributes positively to an environment in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusivity are valued, so as to assure the success of both the individual and the community. 

The University takes these reports very seriously. The Sauder School of Business and the Office of the Vice-President, Students will jointly conduct a thorough investigation of these reports. Any disciplinary measures will follow the University’s policy on discipline for non-academic misconduct. The University will also take steps to educate students about the harm caused by such behaviour and ensure that all students led activities meet the University’s standards of appropriate student conduct and are consistent with the values of the institution. 

Robert Helsley, Dean, Sauder School of Business 
Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students, The University of British Columbia