Statement from FPSE president George Davison on the incident at Emily Carr University

December 3, 2015

Vancouver –George Davison, President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, released the following statement regarding Wednesday’s assault at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

"Our thoughts are with the injured student, and with all the faculty, staff, and students of Emily Carr University today, as they come together to address the student assault that took place in a lecture hall Wednesday evening. We hope the victim recovers well from the attack and are relieved that no one else was injured. And we salute the first responders who acted quickly, and with care and compassion, to provide treatment.

"Violent incidents like this one highlight the importance of campus lockdown and workplace safety procedures and policies that serve not only to assist when violence takes place on campus, but to prevent such incidents from occurring.

"We offer our assistance and resources to all our members at Emily Carr University, and to all our member Locals, in ensuring that such policies are in place.

"We must all work together to create safe spaces for everyone on our campuses."

About FPSE

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC teaching universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals, represented by Presidents' Council and the Executive, represent over 10,000 faculty and staff at 18 public and 12 private sector institutions.