Were the Dal dentistry students just engaging in crude jokes in private, with no intent to pursue them? Does that matter?

Reading the attached article from Western’s The Gazette newspaper, I was struck by a series of linguistico-philosophical issues…

http://www.westerngazette.ca/2015/01/06/dalhousie-show-not-go/

For example, when it comes to choosing a punishment, does it matter whether the posts really were jokes, or were intended as such? Does it matter whether the writings were not supposed to be shared publicly?  Can a person genuinely be “harassed” without realizing it? In what sense of that phrase would Dalhousie be “sending a message” by its decision? What of the claim that “Hate sex seems synonymous with rape”, and the author’s definition of ‘hate sex’?

Discuss!

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