UBC implements new sexual misconduct reporting system, reports increase by 83%

April 6, 2022
CBC reports that the number of sexual misconduct reports at the University of British Columbia increased by 83% between May 1, 2021 and February 15, 2022. UBC Director of Investigations Carly Stanhope explained that the university has implemented a new reporting system that allows victims to report misconduct virtually, at their own pace, and without cross-examination. Stanhope explained that the increase may be a result of people feeling more comfortable reporting sexual misconduct since the new reporting setup allows victims to report misconduct virtually, at their own pace, and without cross-examination. “My hope is that in taking this approach, we’re creating a process that people actually trust and feel safe enough to go through,” said Stanhope. “It’s always hard to talk about a traumatic event, but we do everything that we can to minimize traumatization through our processes.” The centre has hired an additional investigator to provide support on the increased caseload. CBC (BC)