VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A UBC Psychology instructor is apologizing to their students after sending a message telling them to vote for a particular candidate in the federal election.
Sent through the school’s messaging system, the note encouraged students to cast a ballot during advance voting days, and to vote for the Liberal candidate in the riding covering the campus.
According to UBC, the instructor didn’t realize what was being sent out was telling students to vote for Joyce Murray.
“The department of psychology first became aware of the message on Canvas Tuesday morning,” a statement from UBC reads. “Since then, the department has connected with the instructor who said the reference to vote for the particular candidate in the message was copied and pasted from what was believed to be a simple communication urging the community to vote.”
.@UBC says the instructor copy and pasted the message from what they thought was just a simple communication urging people to vote and didn't realize there was a reference to a candidate. The school adds there was no intent to send out a partisan message. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/ASnRGEsBN8
— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) October 16, 2019
The school adds there was no intent to send out a partisan message, adding the instructor and the Department of Psychology “regret the error.”
The instructor has apparently sent out an apology to students.