UBC faculty group apologizes for school’s response to sexual assault

January 11, 2016

A group of UBC professors has reportedly signed an open letter apologizing for not doing more to protect the school’s students and alumni from sexual assault. The letter, dated Jan 6th of this year, had received 69 signatures from various UBC departments as of last Thursday evening. It claims that the university’s channels for reporting sexual harassment and assault were inadequate and caused additional harm to victims. “We apologize to the people affected for not doing and not demanding better,” it read. “We, as a group of UBC faculty members, wish now publicly to acknowledge this harm that resulted from a failure of UBC to take as seriously as it should its duties of care to members of its community.” UBC has appointed an independent investigator to look into how the school responded to complaints of sexual harassment and assault from a number of female students against a single male graduate student. Globe and Mail