An independent report has found confusion leading to delays for women reporting being sexually assaulted at UBC.
The report by Solicitor Paula Butler found staff didn’t know what to do or how to do it when women step forward with sexual assault allegations.
Associate Vice-President of Equity and Inclusion Sara-Jane Finlay says UBC policies weren’t violated but that the school is taking steps to address concerns.
“That will begin work on a draft policy to go to the board in June. Then we have a university panel where we bring together experts here at the university to look at sexual assaults, the research, and policies across the country and across North America to make recommendations to the policy committee and to inform an action plan for the institution going forward.”
Finlay says UBC has also already taken some action.
“Alread we have put in place a couple measures. We have recently released a sexual assault protocol document, which helps our faculty and staff responding to reports of sexual assault to ensure that they know the resources and reports that are available for the survivors coming forward but also for the people handling and hearing the disclosures.”
In one case the report found a case where a woman’s sexual assault allegations weren’t dealt with for ten month.