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June 12, 2018

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Wilfrid Laurier University has received notice of Lindsay Shepherd’s statement of claim, which is one perspective of a legal matter issued in pursuit of a financial claim. Laurier will vigorously defend against this statement of claim.

Laurier remains dedicated to its core values, which include a commitment to intellectual inquiry, critical reflection and scholarly integrity while striving to be a supportive and inclusive community. Since Ms. Shepherd first raised her initial concerns, the university has taken numerous measures to address the matter, including issuing an apology to Ms. Shepherd. That apology still stands. The university initiated an independent review, which found no wrong-doing on the part of Ms. Shepherd and offered concrete recommendations to the university for next steps. Many of those steps have already been taken, including training, a review and update of university policies, and the establishment of a task force that prepared a Statement on Freedom of Expression that was approved by the Senate of Wilfrid Laurier University and endorsed by the university’s Board of Governors.

The vast majority of Laurier students have an overwhelmingly positive experience at the university, which is reflected in the fact that Laurier has ranked No. 1 in student satisfaction among Canadian universities in its category in the Maclean’s university rankings for the past two years.

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