Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Ready for Review
A violence free culture involves all members of the Selkirk College campus community.
In April 2016, the Provincial Government passed Bill 23, Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act. The Act requires every public post‐secondary university, college and institute in B.C. to develop, implement and make publicly available on the institution’s website, a sexual misconduct policy that addresses sexual misconduct, including sexual misconduct prevention and responses to sexual misconduct and sets out procedures for:
- Making a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a student.
- Making a report of sexual misconduct involving a student.
- Responding to a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a student.
- Responding to a report of sexual misconduct involving a student.
Led by Healthy Campus, Selkirk College has been involved in the development of this policy since September 2016 and has recently developed a draft policy receiving preliminary approval of the Policy Review Committee. It has been sent out to staff to review and a consultation process is underway. View the draft policy. View the schedule: Sexual Assault Policy Consultation Schedule.
Student and community consultation is also taking place led by two third-year Nursing Program students. They are leading email consultation with some face-to-face visits for community groups expressing interest. Nursing students are visiting classrooms and setting up information booths on campus.
Invite all community members you feel would want to contribute to this - perhaps school counsellors, staff from Women’s Centers, etc. If you are unable to attend on the date that is offered at your campus please consider offering your input or addressing your questions to Leslie Comrie/Healthy Campus Advisor at 250.365.1322 or by email.
Questions to Guide Your Thinking
- Please review this policy as if you were a person on campus who had just experienced an act of sexual violence. Not knowing what to do next, you seek out the policy to guide you. Would the policy make it clear to you what your options are and what processes could possibly unfold if you were to disclose or report?
- Please review this policy as if you were a person on campus who had just received a disclosure of sexual violence. Not knowing what to do next, you seek out the policy to guide you. Would the policy make it clear to you what to tell the survivor in regards to their options and possible supports?
- The purpose of this policy is defined in Section A. Using this as a lens, is it clear that the purpose is embedded throughout the policy?
- There has been quite a bit on the news lately about sexual violence on campus. Does this policy address any concerns that you might have had about having a clear process here at Selkirk College if this were to happen?
- What questions or concerns do you have as the college undertakes this work?