Mediation between the University of British Columbia and a former student who filed a human rights complaint alleging the university discriminated against students in the handling of sexual assault complaints has failed.
Glynnis Kirchmeier wasn’t assaulted herself, but witnessed the aggressive sexual behaviour of a male PhD student and claims the University was slow to take action.
In an email to CKNW, Kirchmeier says the mediation session, which lasted about an hour and a half, ended without an agreement meaning the Human Rights Tribunal process will move forward.
Speaking earlier outside the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Kirchmeier says she wants the university to improve its internal process for handling sexual misconduct complaints.
“I am hoping to get nothing less than discrimination-free, safe educational access for all students at UBC.”
“I am asking for a number of systemic changes. I certainly think that the University should pay for injuries to dignity and the harm that I as a member of the community have suffered.”
UBC committed to creating a stand-alone sexual assault policy in the wake of complaints the school moved too slow to expel a PhD student accused of assaulting women.
Kirchmeier characterizes that policy as “inadequate.”
“They need to have a totally articulated equal fact-finding process that is independent.”
Earlier this year, the B.C. government introduced legislation requiring all post-secondary institutions to create sexual misconduct policies.