McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Disruptions and respect for others

Dear members of the McGill community,

This afternoon we received reports of several disruptions on campus caused by both protesting and illegal picketing. Picketers temporarily blocked access to one building but stopped once police were called to intervene. Protestors tried to disrupt several classes, with most being quickly relocated before security personnel and disciplinary officers needed to intervene, or the police needed to be called.

This situation we experienced this afternoon is absolutely unacceptable. Members of our community felt intimidated by both the protests and the labour action. We were grateful, however, that the situation was quickly brought under control.

There are many options to protest and lawfully picket that will allow members of our community to raise awareness without compromising safety, intimidating people or disrupting operations and academic activities.

To those who engage in protests or picketing, I have a clear message: respect the people around you. They have rights. They do not deserve to be intimidated.

We are a university, a place of learning and the advancement of knowledge. The strength of McGill has always been in our community. Where laws or McGill policies have been contravened, we will continue to act, whether that be calling the police or starting disciplinary procedures, to protect the rights of all members of our community who deserve to carry out their activities in a peaceful, respectful environment.

Sincerely,

Christopher Manfredi
Provost and Executive Vice-President (Academic)

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