UBC alumna weighs in on school’s draft sexual assault policy

February 17, 2017

A UBC alumna has told the CBC that while the school’s draft policy for addressing sexual assault is a step forward, she still has concerns about it. Glynnis Kirchmeier, who is currently involved in an ongoing human rights complaint against UBC, notes that the new policy means that “a student can expect a timely process,” which she says is crucial due to the fact that students have “such a short lifespan at the institution.” Further, Kirchmeier notes that “victims are now complainants with rights in the process” within the terms of the new draft policy, which she believes is also a step forward. Kirchmeier expressed concerns, however, with some parts of the policy, such as the university’s ability to ensure that independent investigators appointed to look into sexual assault claims will be truly independent from UBC. CBC