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Report from the Restorative Justice Process at the Faculty of Dentistry


Twenty-nine students from the class of DDS2015 (out of 38 in the core four-year program) participated in the restorative justice process.  This included 12 of the 13 men identified as members of the Facebook group when the offensive material was discovered.  Fourteen women and three other men from the DDS2015 class also participated in the process over the last five months. 

This report gives an account of the restorative justice process, including:

  • Statements from all participants in the process, including male and female students, the Faculty of Dentistry, the University, the Nova Scotia Dental Association and members of the community.
  • A timeline of the restorative process, highlighting actions and outcomes from December 2014 to May 2015.
  • An account of the investigation into the Facebook group and the actions of its members, including the investigation's interaction with the Academic Standards Class Committee with respect to issues of professionalism and patient safety.
  • An examination of the climate and culture at the Faculty of Dentistry.
  • Ideas and commitments that have emerged from the restorative justice process aimed at creating a safer, healthier and more inclusive environment for all students and faculty.
Disclaimer: This public report has been issued by the Restorative Justice process, its facilitators and participants. It is posted here in full, and has been unedited by administration at Dalhousie University.