The chair of University of Prince Edward Island’s board of governors has stepped down following a report that describes a toxic culture of harassment and racism at the school.
A letter from Pat Sinnott dated June 21 says he is stepping aside effective immediately because new leadership is required to address the university’s problems.
The 112-page report released last week says the school failed to address allegations of sexual and gender-based violence, with some instances of harassment persisting for years despite continued complaints.
The university mandated Toronto-based law firm Rubin Thomlinson to investigate after allegations of workplace misconduct were made against former president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, who resigned in December 2021.
The Island’s sole university receives $50 million annually in operational funding from the provincial government.
In light of the report, Premier Dennis King has said that could change.
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