Universities must take an active role in sexual assault policy, writes UBC prof

January 19, 2016

Campus sexual assault cannot just be left to the police, writes Jonathan Ichikawa, a UBC philosophy professor and one of the signatories on last week’s open letter apologizing for the school’s response to sexual assault. The belief that the school should leave sexual assault to the RCMP is “rooted in misconceptions about the responsibilities of universities,” he argues. While the police have an important role to play, universities can do a great deal to help survivors of assault, regardless of whether they choose to approach police. He concludes that “universities have an obligation to take steps to protect their community members, based on what they know, even if it hasn’t been proven in court." Vancouver Sun