A Vancouver women’s anti-violence group says Simon Fraser University is dragging its feet when it comes to getting a sexual assault policy in place.
That, as SFU announces a new call for more public input for its Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy.
But Hilla Kirner with Vancouver Rape Relief says the school has enough information on hand, and should start getting down to brass tacks.
Kirner says women need to know what to expect if they’re sexually assaulted.
“I would expect the team that works on the policy would already be well informed and equipped to make concrete recommendations.”
The first time the SFU put out a call for public input was in May last year, that was just before reports surfaced that RCMP were investigating three sexual assaults on campus – that came as a surprise to students CKNW spoke to at the time who said that was the first they heard of it.
But the chair of the working group writing SFU’s new policy is defending the time it has taken to finish the job.
Professor John Driver says the school wants to do the job properly and will take the time necessary to do so.
“When you’re working in an academic environment you don’t necessarily do things quickly. You take your time to do research, to take the time to weigh options,” he says.
Driver says in the meantime the SFU has been building support services and “making changes to existing programs.”