PSE institutions implement policies, guidelines to curb sexual assault

October 1, 2014

A report published by CBC outlines the pressure faced by Canadian PSE institutions to curb sexual assault on campus. The report considers the impact of cases such as the University of Ottawa’s decision to suspend its hockey team following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct on a team road trip to Thunder Bay. uOttawa is currently undergoing a thorough review of its sexual misconduct policies, following the example of Lakehead University, which underwent a similar process after a student went public with allegations that a classmate had sexually assaulted her. Increasingly, institutions throughout North America are putting in place guidelines and rules that they hope will help them walk the fine line between supporting students and upholding the presumption of innocence of the accused. The University of California system, for instance, has adopted a "yes means yes" policy around consent. Some of these policies focus on varsity sports programs; however, athletes and athletics administrators say that athletes are being unfairly targeted based on inaccurate stereotypes. CBC