Graduate student launches human rights complaint against UBC

November 24, 2015

A former University of British Columbia graduate student has announced that she intends to file a human-rights complaint against UBC with the BC Human Rights Tribunal by the end of the year. She stated that she approached the school administration multiple times from 2011 onward to report having been sexually assaulted, but the university failed to act on her report. Another student who experienced sexual assault at the school stated that "this process has made me a victim of procedure and of bureaucracy. … The system is broken from start to finish." UBC Interim President Martha Piper issued a statement of apology acknowledging that "the process took too long." Associate Vice-President of Equity and Inclusion Sara-Jane Finlay announced that UBC intends to launch a formal investigation into the university’s response to accusations of harassment and sexual assault. The student who reportedly committed the assaults and harassment is no longer a student at UBC. CBC | CBC (2) | CTV News | Vancouver Sun