Officials at the University of British Columbia hope the start of this school year is nothing like last year, with a new frosh program they’re rolling out.
UBC found itself at the centre of a media storm last year. Six sexual assaults were reported on campus, and a video surfaced online that showed student leaders in the Sauder School of Business frosh week teaching new students racist and sexist chants, one specifically about sex with underage girls.
UBC vice-president students Louise Cowin says a lot of work has been done to avoid that, including a new orientation program, education modules and guidelines for student leaders.
“In addition to that, all student leaders will sign a commitment to respect others and create a community that is accepting to all.”
More than 1,850 student leaders are expected to take part in the training this year.