Canadian institutions slow to implement stand-alone sexual assault policies

March 8, 2016

Many Canadian institutions still lack vital stand-alone sexual assault policies, say policy advocates, policies allegedly in place at only two dozen Canadian universities and colleges. “Administrations have made it very clear to us as students that they're more interested in protecting their bottom line and their reputation than they are in actually protecting the campus community,” said Canadian Federation of Students National Chairwoman Bilan Arte. According to the article, stand-alone policies are important because they differentiate between sexual assault and other forms of misconduct, clearly outline procedures for handling complaints and providing services for victims, and help reduce underreporting. Globe and Mail (CP)