KAMLOOPS — In the wake of a new legislation that will require post-secondary instutitions to develop a sexual misconduct policy, Thompson Rivers University is ahead of the game, already working on its own policy since last summer.
Dean of Students Christine Adam says TRU instituted an interim policy last July after a student, who came forward following a sexual assault, noted the university didn't respond adequately to her complaint.
TRU created a task force on sexual assault that fits in with the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act.
"We had four working groups within the task force, one focused on educational programming for students and dealing with a cultural approach, an approach of safety and community care," says Adam. "One working on response protocol and ways that we can provide support for students who disclose to us or want to report."
Adams says there haven't been many sexual assaults reported to the university in recent years. But it's her hope that anyone who might be reluctant to report an assault will be encouraged to come foward.
"It's certainly something our students need to understand better. It's concerning to me that students may not always know where to go to report or where to get services and support," Adam notes. "That will be a big part of our communication and education work. If students want some support and want some resources, they know exactly where to go."
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