While some students say a media scandal is much ado about nothing, McGill University officials say they'll be investigating an annual party held by its faculty of management.
Photos published in Tuesday's Journal de Montréal tabloid newspaper suggest there may have been inappropriate behaviour.
'I bet they're having fun!'
But the students say there was no wrongdoing, and they say they're being unfairly targeted.
The photos show students drinking, vomiting and stripping.
"So what? I've looked at these pictures and I said, 'I bet they're having fun!'" said Adam Conter, president of the Students Society of McGill University.
"It's also important to know why these pictures were chosen, and who's showing them. Dragging McGill's name through the mud with pictures of scantily clad women is a great way to sell a paper," Conter shot back Tuesday.
However, the photos are raising questions: is nudity appropriate at parties on campus? At what point does drinking become excessive?
These questions come about five months after Playboy magazine listed McGill University as one of North America's top 10 party schools.
Party under microscope
The associate provost of academic programs and services at McGill, Morton Mendelson, says there will be an investigation.
"Inappropriate behaviour, demeaning behaviour, is not something we condone on campus," Mendelson said.
The university will be talking with security, the faculty of management, and students who attended the party, to determine exactly what happened, Mendelson said.
For now, many students are confident that the bash didn't go too far. Students were competing, and were given points for stripping down and for drinking to the point of vomiting.
"Too much is when problems occur. Too much is when people feel harassed. Too much is when people feel forced into doing things. Too much is when ambulance or police are called. None of the four situations just mentioned came out of this party," Conter stresses.
Other students, particularly those in the faculty of management, which organized the party, share Conter's view.
"McGill has a big target you know. In general, when you're on top, people always want to find something wrong," said one student who asked to remain anonymous.
He also has his suspicions about why the French-speaking tabloid would publish the photos.
"It's funny how only a French newspaper decided to do this, and none of, like, National Post, Gazette and no one else really talked about it? Because you know for Journal de Montréal to put it on the front page, that says a lot about their newspaper in the first place," he said.
University officials say they will be questioning students to determine whether there was any inappropriate behaviour at the party.