Student-led organization grades Canada’s universities sexual assault policies

October 12, 2017

A cross-country student group has given Canada's university sexual assault policies mixed grades for their ability to deal with campus-based sexual violence. The group Our Turn analyzed more than a dozen provincially mandated sexual assault policies across the country and found “a real gap,” according to organization chair Caitlin Salvino, who adds that “there are really no guidelines in Canada as to what should and shouldn't be in sexual violence policies.” Salvino, along with colleagues Kelsey Gilchrist and Jade Cooligan Pang, read more than 60 policies and spoke with dozens of survivors, students, and experts to identify at least 45 qualities of good policies. They ultimately graded 14 sexual violence policies based on whether they included those qualities, and these policies received an average grade of C-. CBC