Carleton board approves sexual violence prevention policy

December 5, 2016

Carleton University’s board of governors has passed a new sexual violence prevention policy. Only three members of the 32-member board, all students, voted against the policy. The policy has been the subject of debate for months, and Carleton Vice-President of Students and Enrolment Suzanne Blanchard has reportedly stated that some portions of the policy could still be changed if necessary. The Carleton University Academic Staff Association has expressed concern with how the policy applies to activities on and off-campus, and student groups have expressed similar concern about a portion of the policy that does not grant “blanket immunity” for complainants in cases where alcohol or drug violations are involved in an incident of sexual violence. Ottawa Citizen