University of B.C. unveils draft sexual assault policy in wake of complaints

By The Canadian Press
June 7, 2016 - 2:18pm Updated: June 7, 2016 - 5:47pm

VANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia has unveiled its draft sexual assault policy, but a former student who filed a human-rights complaint over the issue says the school fails to address her concerns.

The university began working on the policy in response to allegations from Glynnis Kirchmeier and others that it delayed taking action on numerous complaints about a male student.

A 12-member committee of staff, faculty and students tabled the draft policy at a meeting today and it will be open for public comment after it’s presented to the board of governors next week.

The document sets out the university’s commitments and principles with regard to sexual assaults, outlines support services for survivors and details confidentiality and privacy obligations.

But Kirchmeier says it’s unacceptable that the policy refers students who wish to report sexual assaults to an existing non-academic misconduct process within the student code of conduct.

Associate vice-president of equity and inclusion Sara-Jane Finlay says it’s possible the policy could be amended to include a new process after the public consultation period wraps in the fall.

The Canadian Press

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