UBC Sexual Assault Policy & Process Development

UBC is undertaking several coordinated strategies to improve policies and practices that address sexual assault and sexual harassment in our community. Read below for updates on the UBC sexual assault policy and process development.

UBC Sexual Assault Policy

Broadcast emails related to Sexual Assault policy

Policy consultation:
Policy information sessions were held at UBC Vancouver (September 30, October 12 & October 13) and on UBC Okanagan (October 11). A new draft of the policy, incorporating feedback from the first consultation period will be presented to the Board of Governors in mid-February 2017.

A second consultation period will be held in the New Year (dates TBA).

The collective aim of the strategies detailed below are to foster a safe and respectful environment at UBC and a supportive environment on campus for survivors. Resources are available on campus and in the community should you need assistance for yourself or for someone you know.

Sexual Assault Response and Education

Steering Committee on Sexual Assault

A steering committee, chaired by Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students convened in October 2016 to:

  • Provide input and advice to the Policy Committee on the community feedback, policy drafts, and key questions
  • Create an action plan to address the recommendations that were made by the University Sexual Assault Panel; and
  • Work with existing groups and/or establish representative subcommittees to accomplish specific tasks related to creating an effective response to sexual assault through education, prevention and support.

Learn more about the steering committee.

UBC Sexual Assault Panel

President Martha Piper appointed the UBC Sexual Assault Panel to lay the groundwork for a UBC-wide sexual assault action plan. The volunteer panel, chaired by Professor Janine Benedet of the Allard School of Law, worked independently of university administration to outline action items in relation to prevention, response, institutional accountability and the overall UBC climate around sexual violence.

Read their report

Janine Benedet (Chair): Professor, Co-Director, Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, Allard School of Law
Shauna Butterwick: Professor, Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
Scott Anderson: Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Faculty of Arts
Natalie Clark: Assistant Professor & Chair Field Education School of Social Work
Sarah Hunt: Assistant Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program (FNIS), Faculty of Arts
Lucia Lorenzi: Graduate student, Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Panel support by Declan Harrison: Research Assistant

Sexual Assault Policy Development

A Sexual Assault Policy Committee developed the new sexual assault policy for the university. Led by Kimberley Beck, Legal Counsel from the Office of the University Counsel and Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice President, Equity &Inclusion, the committee included eleven members from both campuses.

Kimberley Beck (co–chair): Legal Counsel, Office of the University Counsel, UBC Vancouver
Sara-Jane Finlay (co–chair): Associate Vice president, Equity and Inclusion, UBC Vancouver
Shannon Dunn: Director, Business Operations, AVP Finance and Operations, UBC Okanagan
Tobias Friedel: President, Graduate Students Society, UBC Vancouver
Susan Frohlick: Professor, Head of Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
Isabel Grant: Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC Vancouver
Daniel Heath Justice: Professor, Department of English, Chair of the First Nations Studies Program, UBC Vancouver
Patricia Mirwaldt: Director, UBC Student Health Services, UBC Vancouver
Linda McKnight: Director, HR Advisory Services, Human Resources – UBC Vancouver
Jenna Omassi: Vice President Academic & University Affairs, Alma Mater Society, UBC Vancouver
Janice Robinson: Director, Residence Life, Student Housing and Hospitality Services – UBC Vancouver
Kimberly Rutledge: UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO), UBC Okanagan

Sexual Assault: Discourse & Dialogue 2016 consultation event

The faculty-led Sexual Assault: Discourse & Dialogue 2016 was held on February 15 and 16, 2016. It provided an opportunity for faculty, graduate students and staff to consider various issues raised by sexual assault and sexual assault policy in the university context. Read an overview of the event.

Sexual Assault Response and Support Protocol

The Sexual Assault Response and Support Protocol reflects current UBC practices regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault. It is a helpful resource for any member of our community looking to better understand the issue, respond to and support a survivor, and contribute to change. Find the Protocol online.

Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education Plan
A campus-wide Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education Plan is under way which will be informed by consultation with the UBC community in February and March 2016. Learn more.

Action Plan on Sexual Assault and Harassment

The university is undertaking the design of a broad and robust Action Plan and coordinating committee that will help to: 1) shape a campus culture which fosters a respectful environment, and 2) specifically improve policy and practice to address sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Plans are to have the Sexual Assault Policy ready for Board Approval in the early fall.  The Action Plan on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment will be developed iteratively over the next short while, following guidance from the University Panel, the Sexual Assault Policy committee, and the broader university community.

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