Policy 131 Consultation 2017

Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct

The UBC community is invited to comment on a new draft of proposed Policy #131 – Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct.
The initial draft of this policy was issued in June 2016, and a UBC community consultation period was held from June to October 2016.  Key themes that emerged from the feedback included the need for a central support office, and the need for a separate and distinct investigatory process.
As a result of that feedback, as well as the new BC legislation (the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act), a number of significant changes have been made to the draft policy.  Given these changes, the university is once again inviting the UBC community to provide feedback.  You can view the new draft of the policy online at http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2017/02/Proposed-Policy-131-Feb-2017.pdf.

The new draft policy retains some of the key aspects of the earlier version, such as:

  • The principles and commitments UBC will follow

  • Definitions for key terms such as ‘sexual misconduct’, ‘consent’, ‘disclosure’, ‘report’

  • Details of UBC’s support services and accommodations

  • UBC’s commitment to confidentiality and privacy, and information about when UBC might be legally obligated to protect or disclose personal information

And as a result of feedback received on the initial draft and the new BC legislation, the new draft policy now includes:

  • A broader scope, to cover all forms of sexual misconduct

  • A description of UBC’s new Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office and the services it will provide

  • Procedures setting out a separate and distinct investigatory process to address reports of sexual misconduct

Please submit feedback to either the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel@ubc.ca or through this confidential feedback survey form by March 14, 2017.