Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, says it is working with its campus security, as well as the London Police Service, to investigate “sexually violent and threatening posts” online.
The university says the posts were first made on Discord, a service where users can share text, as well as audio or visual communications in private chats or in groups called servers.
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In a series of tweets, Fanshawe College says the posts and users have been removed and researchers are working to identify them.
Fanshawe College has not provided details on the nature of the online threats, but CBC London reports that a message sent to the university’s student union staff stated that the posts involved “threats to potentially alter beverages”At The Out Back Shack, an on-campus restaurant and bar, and at Oasis, an on-campus restaurant and dining room. Both food service providers are operated by the student union.
In its posts, Fanshawe College said it would provide “additional security at Outback Shack and Oasis.”
“Fanshawe will not tolerate sexual and gender-based violence,” the university said.
“We encourage students to remain diligent and alert in social settings so that you and your friends are safe online and in person.”
The university adds that its sexual violence prevention advisor, Leah Marshall, will conduct a walk-in support session from 2 pm to 6 pm Thursday at the Merlin Residence Atrium. Students can also email Marshall to reserve a confidential session.
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Meanwhile, Western University and London police continue to investigate social media reports suggesting that 30 or more students may have been drugged and / or assaulted in campus housing last weekend.
The students plan to leave classes on Friday to protest what one organizer describes as a “culture of misogyny” on campus and the school’s failure to address it.
– with files from Global News ‘Sawyer Bogdan and The Canadian Press’ Liam Casey.
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