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McGill University to eliminate live-in dormitory floor fellows [Video]

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McGill University’s floor fellows — older students who live in dormitories alongside first-year pupils — say they are devastated their jobs are being eliminated in favour of “residence life facilitators.”

“A lot of the time, floor fellows are front-line responders, if you can imagine the kinds of situations that develop in these dorms,” explains Graeme Scott, vice president of McGill University’s floor fellow union. “We have hundreds of 17 and 18-year-olds living alone for the first time.”

He emphasizes the fact that floor fellows, ranging from second-year to PhD scholars, undergo a wide variety of training in order to help new students.

“Floor fellows are trained in receiving disclosures of sexual violence; we’re trained in managing suicidality; we’re trained in recognizing the signs of self-harm and depression and mental illness,” he said. “We’re trained on how to talk to those people. We’re trained on what to do in the case …

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