ON strengthens sexual assault reporting policies at postsecondary institutions

September 17, 2021
The Government of Ontario has announced that it is making changes to strengthen sexual assault reporting policies at postsecondary institutions. Institutions must make their amendments by March 2022, which will include the improvement of reporting policies and procedures so that students who come forward will not be asked irrelevant questions and will not be disciplined for violations of institutional policies related to drug and alcohol use at the time of the assault. “[W]e know that too often women wrestle with the decision to report a sexual assault, that the investigative and legal processes can prove to be as traumatic as the assault itself,” said ON Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop. “We will keep the investigative focus on the assault ... not on irrelevant aspects.” The Star | ON (ON)