- The story really took off after The Globe and Mail published a report on the incident. It quickly became a national story, with users weighing in on social media.
- — Kevin Brackley (@kjbrackley)Thu, Jan 09 2014 17:47:20
- — Fin (@Fin_Higgins)Fri, Jan 10 2014 13:49:23A dude asked York university to accommodate his not studying with females. Due to view girls are icky pants and of course the cootie concern
- — Omar Rayman (@omar_rayman)Fri, Jan 10 2014 16:38:46
- — Jane Munro (@GolferJane)Fri, Jan 10 2014 12:43:01
- And request for other human, er, rights.
- Twitter sages provided words of wisdom.
- — Rob Quinlan (@r_quinla)Fri, Jan 10 2014 16:39:08If you don't want to interact w/ other genders religions races sexual orientation etc then a public Cdn uni probably isn't for you... #YorkU
- — Amanda Deo (@AmanderComander)Fri, Jan 10 2014 16:46:48To the student who wished to opt-out of his group with other female students, news flash: you were born from a womb my friend. #YorkU
- — William Höch (@MacBerry)Fri, Jan 10 2014 14:26:31
- “York is a public secular university with a commitment to equality,” Sociology professor Paul Grayson, who ran the online course, wrote in a report mentioned in a Canadian Press article. "To grant the accommodation would be to give tacit support to a negative view of women." The student, who can't be named, ended up attending the group meetings with his female colleagues. However, the faculty Dean, Provost and the university's Centre for Human Rights countered that the request should have been accommodated. An overwhelming majority of comments criticized the university's decision.
- — Patrick C. Lalonde (@patrickclalonde)Fri, Jan 10 2014 16:49:27This whole #YorkU story is crazy. I think the professor initially made the right decision for numerous reasons. Admin. decision absurd!
- — Kelly Patrick (@kellypatrickxox)Fri, Jan 10 2014 17:17:28So it's safe to assume York University does not operate on principle but rather on fear of drawn out human rights accusations.
No women in my group, please: #YorkU student
A York University student said he couldn't attend the in-person group meetings for his online course because interacting with women is against his religion. The professor said no dice, but university administration sided with the student. Cue the backlash and cries of sexism.
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