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UBC instructor apologizes after students told to vote for Liberal candidate

FILE - The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Summary

UBC says a psychology instructor didn't realize they were sending out a message to students telling them to vote Liberal

Instructor 'copied and pasted' a message they believed was a simple communication urging the community to vote, UBC says

Department, instructor 'regret the error,' and UBC says the instructor has apologized to students

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.

A UBC Psychology instructor is apologizing to their students after sending a message telling them to vote for Liberal Joyce Murray (Source: Saji10/reddit)

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.”

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.