The University of Victoria is developing a new policy on preventing and responding to sexualized violence in its commitment to provide students, faculty and staff with a safe, supportive and respectful environment to live, work and learn.
Update: On March 28, the Board of Governors approved a new policy on the prevention, education and response to sexualized violence for the university, marking the next step toward the policy's adoption and implementation in May. Read the notice.
While UVic has policies, programs and resources that include education and prevention, support for survivors and those who have experienced sexualized violence, and investigation of sexualized violence, it does not have a single encompassing policy.
This initiative will strengthen UVic's current approach through a review of the university's own policies and procedures, widespread consultation and by considering best practices and policies at other institutions.
Message from the president
The University of Victoria is committed to the principles of equal rights and dignity of all persons. I want to make it clear that sexualized violence is unacceptable. I am therefore launching a comprehensive review of our policies and programs related to sexual violence, with the purpose of developing a policy and programs that address this matter more specifically, directly and effectively. I am inviting broad engagement in this process to reaffirm the values we share as a community.
President, University of Victoria