Sexual misconduct allegations leveled against members of Concordia University English Dept.

The head of Montreal's Concordia University says he's disturbed by sexual misconduct allegations against members of the English department.

President Alan Shepard has issued a statement in which he described as ``serious'' the allegations by blogger Mike Spry.

Shepard says the post makes specific allegations as well as general allegations of an abusive climate in the department's creative writing program.

He says the allegations will be treated seriously.

Spry, who was accepted into Concordia's undergraduate creative writing program in 2004, alleges that over the years, he witnessed and was made aware of instances of unwanted affection, groping, inappropriate remarks and propositions.

Shepard noted that Concordia continues to improve efforts to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment and to respond effectively when it does happen.