METRO/Jeff Harper SMUSA President Jared Perry takes questions from the media Thursday at SMU.

Jared Perry has stepped down as president of the Saint Mary’s University Student Association.

One day after saying he wouldn’t step down in relation to a pro-rape frosh sex chant, Perry said in a release he is stepping down having ‘deep reflection’ about the incident.

“I believe this action is in the best interests of the students, the Association and the University at this time,” he says in the statement. “My stepping down allows the Association and its leaders to focus exclusively on the work of re-mediating the damage earlier this week to the reputation of the Association and Saint Mary’s University.

“My first priority is that remediation and to allow my team to focus directly on their work. It has been an honour to serve the students of Saint Mary’s.”

The video showed a group of students, including student orientation leaders, chanting “Y is for your sister … U is for underage, N is for no consent.”

Carrigan Desjardins has also announced she is stepping down from the position of VP Student Life. Desjardins was responsible for the Saint Mary’s University Frosh Week Program.

Both resignations are effective immediately, but Perry says he’s re-running for president in the next election.

“I am personally deeply committed to addressing the damage incurred this week by being part of a long-term change initiative. Also I believe it is important for the students of Saint Mary’s to directly assess my leadership through the electoral process.”

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Thirty minutes after the resignations were announced by SMUSA, the university itself announced that two student organizers are facing disciplinary action in regards to the disturbing frosh chant, which has made international news this week.

The Saint Mary’s release, which doesn’t name the organizers, says a formal complaint was received Friday alleging violations in the Student Code of Conduct for the use of abusive or offensive language or gestures at a university sponsored function.

A hearing is to be held within 10 days consisting of the school’s disciplinary officer, a student representative and a student administrator.

“If Code violations are substantiated, potential disciplinary penalties range from fines to suspension or expulsion,” a Saint Mary’s release states. “The disciplinary committee conducting the hearing may consider other appropriate penalties.”

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