Background

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The policy is a result of extensive consultations with students, staff, and faculty members on campus, as well as off-campus community organizations with an expertise in sexualized violence and the collaboration of hundreds of hours of effort on the part of a diverse, 24-member working group. It is comprehensive in scope and reflective of the needs and interests of a wide group of stakeholders.

Working group

The working group developed the policy from the perspective that each person’s experience of sexualized violence will be affected by many factors including: sex, sexual identity, gender identity and expression; Indigenous, racial or ethnic background; language barriers, ability, faith, age, socio-economic status, their position within university structures, hierarchies and power relations. As well, sexualized violence does not exist or operate in a vacuum. Acts of sexualized violence can also be acts of colonial violence, racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia and/or transphobia. The working group identified three broad categories for a comprehensive sexualized violence policy framework including a focus on:

  1. Education and prevention efforts that are coordinated across the campus with consistent messaging including three phases:
    • pre-arrival exercises and information
    • continuing and enhancing on-campus orientation programs
    • continuing and enhancing ongoing education.
  2. Support for survivors and those who have experienced sexualized violence that is coordinated across campus through a central office and which incorporates survivor-centred and trauma-informed approaches.
  3. Investigation and adjudication that is transparent, fair and uses accountable procedures, which are clearly explained to students, staff, and faculty.
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