Policy reviews

Read the update from UVic president Jamie Cassels about the university's commitment to improving its equity, diversity, and human rights policies.

The Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) office is responsible for leading and administering the university’s work in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Three fundamental policies direct how EQHR and the university can respond to concerns and codify the university's values: 

  • Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy (GV0245)
  • Discrimination and Harassment (GV0205)
  • Human Rights, Equity and Fairness (GV0200)

The President has established an Advisory Committee of representatives that will come together to provide advice on the consultation and review process and policy drafting.

Note: Consultation leaders will not be able to respond to reports of sexualized violence. If you have a disclosure to report please contact EQHR by email at .

The policies will be considered consecutively, with the initial priority being the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy.

Have your say

Update October 19: 

Over 200 university community members responded to the community engagement survey. A summary report of the survey feedback, conversation cafe feedback, and stakeholder meetings will be available shortly.  In early November, the community will be asked to provide feedback on the draft policy revisions.  The survey is now closed.

Policy review timeline

Over a three month period we will gather input from the university community; this input will inform revisions to the policy, procedures and any related program recommendations.

  • Phase I: Define scope and terms of reference for policy review
  • Phase II: Community consultations and draft policy review
  • Phase III: Board approvals and report to community

Contact

If you require more information or have questions please email .

This email is monitored by the EQHR Executive Director and Chair of the Advisory Committee. All submissions will be anonymized and kept confidential.

 Committees

EQHR Policy Advisory Committee

The President has established a Policy Advisory Committee of representatives that will come together to provide advice on the consultation and review process and policy drafting.

  • Terms of reference
Name Title Representing unit
Allana Lindgren Dean, Fine Arts Dean representative
Andy Mavretic Director, Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Human resources
Annette Fraser Ombudsperson Ombudsperson
Cassbreea Dewis Executive Director, Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) EQHR
Denise Helm Director, Media Relations & Public Affairs Staff member
Don Barnhardt General Counsel General Counsel
Joel Lynn Executive Director, Student Services Student Affairs
Kim Hart Consultant
Kirsten McMenamie Director, Office of Student Life Student Affairs
Lalita Kines Associate Director, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) IACE
Leah Shumka Manager, Sexualized Violence Education, Prevention and Support EQHR
Lynne Marks / Victoria Wyatt President, UVic Faculty Association Faculty Association
Michele Parkin AVP Faculty Relations & Academic Admin Faculty Relations
Robina Thomas Executive Director, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) IACE
Sarina de Havelyn Director of Outreach & University Relations, UVic Student Society (UVSS) UVSS - Undergrad student
Matilde Cervantes GSS Director of Communications GSS - Graduate students
Tom Downie Director, Campus Security Services Campus Security
Victor V. Ramraj Director, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives Research community

SVPR Technical Policy Sub-committee

The policies will be considered consecutively, with the initial priority being the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy.

  • Terms of reference
Name Title Representing unit
Cassbreea Dewis Executive Director, Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) EQHR
Colleen O' Keefe Senior Legal Counsel General Counsel
Kim Hart Consultant
Kirsten Downs Case Management Officer EQHR
Kirsten McMenamie Director, Office of Student Life Student Affairs
Kyle Pang-McNeill Policy Officer University Secretary
Leah Shumka Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator EQHR
Michele Parkin AVP Faculty Relations and Academic Administration Faculty Relations
Steve Gorham Director, Labour Relations and HR Consulting Human Resources
Terry Forst Associate Director, Residence Life and Education Residence Life