By Michael Boriero
Local Journalism Initiative
The Université de Sherbrooke has suspended its weekly faculty social events for students, known as the ‘5 à 8,’ for two weeks following a particularly debaucherous evening on Dec. 1 that resulted in vandalism and several ambulance trips to the hospital.
The Record reached out to Jocelyne Faucher, the university’s secretary general and vice-rector for student life, for more information. The Record was provided with a statement from Faucher. According to the vice-rector of student life, the university has several initiatives in place to promote responsible consumption, as well as awareness and training activities led by the campus security service.
She added, “from time to time over the years, we have had to revisit the guidelines to ensure safe and respectful 5-8’s.” And Faucher believes, given the situation that unfolded on Dec. 1, there is a need to review the guidelines. This is what led to the decision to suspend the events.
“This pause is to allow time to work with the student unions [FEUS] and SUFFE to reiterate measures and identify new initiatives to ensure that happy hours are safe and respectful when they return in January 2023,” said Faucher, noting the university will also work with organizers.
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