Following an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Dawson College has announced that teacher Winston Sutton is no longer employed by the school.\nThe news comes after some former students shared their experiences of alleged abuse by Sutton in widely-circulated social media posts.\nStudents have also criticized the Dawson administration for its handling of complaints over years and for what some called a toxic culture in the school's theatre program.\nThis article and a video included below contain descriptions of sexual assault, which may trigger some readers. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, call the Assaulted Women's Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or find them online here. You can also contact the Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault at 1-866-887-0015 or online here. For a list of resources by province, go here.\nOne former student, Kayleigh Choiniere, joined other women to send a complaint to the school in 2017. She characterized it as "a 'he said, she said' situation."\nShe also described a "culture of silence."\nThis summer, multiple women, including Grace Gordon, Mara Lazaris, Irina Ghitulescu, and Lily MacLean, published accounts of his alleged abuse.\n"What we wanted was for [Dawson] to change the structure of the program and the grading because it really creates a perfect storm for abuse since every teacher has ultimate power over you and your future," Choiniere told MTL Blog.\nShe described inappropriate physical contact and psychological manipulation by Sutton.\nWinston Sutton did not respond to multiple requests for a comment on this story.\nPrior to his departure from Dawson, Sutton had not taught at the school since August 31.\nIn a September 16 Facebook post, Dawson Theatre Productions said that the program's faculty is "committed to drafting an immediate Action Plan to address these issues and work towards positive change."\nA message from the Theatre Department\n \nTo our Community, \n\nWe wish to acknowledge the survivors who have spoken out so...Posted by Dawson Theatre Productions on Wednesday, September 16, 2020\n"We will seek guidance and support from the wider theatre community as we implement meaningful change through further policy and procedures so that this can never happen to any student ever again."\nDawson College Director General Richard Filion reiterated this point in a September 18 statement.\n"With humility, I would like to extend an invitation to the theatre community to work with Dawson College to create the changes that are called for," he said.\n"Our objective is to identify and adopt the best practices and policies for teaching theatre."\nIn the long term, Choiniere wants the entire Dawson Theatre program to be restructured.\nView this post on Instagram A preliminary update on our meeting with Dawson about the rampant abuse in the program. I will write more in depth when I am able to but right now I am still trying to process this and I hope you hear it and are infuriated by it too. ♥️ @maralaz This was my opening statement: This is not just about a bad experience at college. The trauma and abuse inflicted on countless alumni affects relationships, friendships, careers, sex lives, relationships with our bodies, our minds, our self-worth, and sometimes grasp on reality. These are just some of the consequences. Having to come here a second time, to be asked to be believed AGAIN, is an extraordinary, emotionally laborious feat. I am only here bolstered by the strength of those who continue to come forward. By reinstating Winston Sutton, mishandling the investigation, disrespecting our deadlines, and finally refusing our request for mediation with our lawyer, you dehumanized us, you invalidated our experiences and you left room for the world to doubt our trauma whereby corroborating the hateful things he said in his letter to the student body. The toxicity of this situation goes beyond just the abuse at the hands of Winston Sutton. There is a culture of silence and perpetuating much that is wrong with our industry. From body-shaming, inappropriate and manipulative misconduct masked as teaching methods, to ridicule, racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia to name a few. The entire program and format needs to be re-evaluated and Winston Sutton needs to be removed. I hope by seeing these emails, and hearing us once more, that you, Dawson College, feel the weight of the damage you caused, the danger you continued to allow students to be in, and what a grave mistake you made. We deserve justice, safety, closure, healing, and an apology. A post shared by Kayleigh Choiniere (@kayleighmagazine) on Aug 28, 2020 at 12:56am PDT\n"I want [the college] to investigate the entire program and how everything works, and make some changes to that, to make it so that it's safer."\n"Just removing Winston won't change the culture of the program."