The words “No means yes. And yes means anal” were written on an off-campus student home on Epworth Avenue, near the university's main gates.
The incident fostered discussion on social media, after Emma Richard, a fifth-year engineering student, shared a photo of the house.
Late last night Jana Luker, Western's associate vice-provost student experience, said there is an ongoing investigation looking into the incident.
Many criticized Western's response (or lack thereof) to the incident and particularly the remark made by Glenn Matthews, housing mediation coordinator.
Matthews said, "I get it: the message is really bad, but students do dumb things," in an interview to the London Free Press.
Slow response to situation screams omission, not challenge. @westernu are you actually protecting your students? https://t.co/isebXSoL1B— Sophy Chan (@sophywschan) September 12, 2016
@westernu says students do dumb things, like rape. #rapeisnotdumb #rapeiswrong @JanaLuker @westernuAlumni @westernu— Perry Monaco (@elvisrun) September 11, 2016
"It is also important to note Western’s housing mediation officer is not positioned to represent the views of, or speak on behalf of, the university on matters relating to sexual violence and we regret he was put in that position," Luker said. "Glenn has since apologized and expressed sincere regret that his comments dismissed the seriousness of sexual violence and served to damage the university’s initiatives to eliminate such abhorrent activity."