Sexual Violence And Misconduct Policy Released

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Sexual Violence And Misconduct Policy Released

A new policy for UNBC, looking at sexual violence and misconduct is up for public input until April 21st. The policy is in response to provincial legislation introduced a year ago, Bill 23. But one of the President’s Task Force members, Barb Daigle, says the university had something similar in the works prior to the legislation. But, she says one issue stood out during surveys of the students.
“Part of the problem across campuses is that the students don’t necessarily feel that they’ll be supported if they come forward,” says Daigle. “So we really want to ensure our community is well-prepared and knows how to handle these things.”
A number of members from the “university community” had a hand in pulling the draft policy together, including the Northern Undergraduate Student Society.
“I think that the most important thing to know about this document is that this is going to be a living document,” says Erik Searle, President of NUGSS. “This is not a final form of it. So, while the current round of consultation will end on the 21st, consultation is open forever on this document.”
Once the public consultation wraps up, the document will head to the University Senate on March 22 followed by a special Board of Governors meeting in May.
But for Daigle, that’s when the heavy lifting begins.
“The real work then starts because we have a strong commitment to providing a strong work environment for our faculty, staff and students. We need to do the education and the trainingand support to make sure that anybody who receives a disclosure around violence or misconduct is well-prepared to respond to that.”
She the challenge therein lies in the fact UNBC is a small university and resources are hard to find.

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