YorkU student pursues human rights mediation over school’s sexual assault policies

November 11, 2016

A student has taken York University to mediation over what she argues is an inadequate response after she was sexually assaulted by another student, reports CBC. Mandi Gray first filed a complaint against YorkU in summer 2016 claiming the school lacked clear procedures for reporting assaults. Since then, YorkU has released interim guidelines for responding to sexual violence, yet Gray argues that these guidelines are insufficient. Gray met with university officials Wednesday in a mediation session organized by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. “They're making these really symbolic changes but they're not changing the structure,” said Gray. YorkU Spokesperson Barbara Joy noted that consultation meetings on the university's new guidelines are currently underway and that “any input we receive, including a submission by Ms Gray, will be included for careful consideration.” CBC (CP)