The UBC Board of Governors has approved 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 were made to the draft policy, and the UBC community was invited to provide further feedback.

The final policy sets out UBC’s commitments with regard to sexual misconduct, and provides clarity on the support services and structures available to respond to disclosures and reports of sexual misconduct. It also describes the new Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, and sets out the investigation process that will take place when a report of sexual misconduct is made to UBC. It also ensures that UBC complies with the new BC legislation (Bill #23: Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act).

It will come into effect on May 18, 2017. In the meantime you can access a copy of the policy at https://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2017/04/policy131.pdf.