Now that UBC has wrapped consultations on its new sexual assault policy, students are watching anxiously to see what the university does with the feedback.
The call for a new policy comes after a string of high profile incidents on campus.
The top concern from students? How sexual assault reports and investigations are handled.
UBC Associate Vice President of Equity and Inclusion Sara-Jane Finlay says they’ve heard students concerns, and that they’re looking at a full suite of changes.
“There’s a desire for a centralized office to deal with sexual assault investigations but also disclosures reporting education, really the whole range,” she said.
Finlay says a policy committee is now in the process of writing second draft.
“We would aim to have a second draft ready to go back to the board of governors in February, then that would go out again for consultation probably for about six weeks until the end of March. And then the policy committee will get back together to respond to any additional feedback,” she said.
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.
Finlay says a final write will be in place in time to meet the a deadline in new provincial legislation that all post-secondary schools have a sexual assault policy by May next year.