UBC announces members of panel to develop sexual assault policy
Young men walk past large letters spelling out 'UBC' at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on Nov. 22, 2015. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:49PM EST
VANCOUVER -- The University of British Columbia has announced the members of a committee that will develop a sexual assault policy, after students complained the process for reporting attacks was broken.
Kimberley Beck of the Office of the University Counsel and Sara-Jane Finlay of the Equity and Inclusion Office will lead the 12-member committee of students, staff and faculty from the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.
A first draft of the policy is expected to be ready for review and consultation in June, with a final policy to be submitted to the Board of Governors in October.
UBC vowed to create a standalone policy for responding to sexual assaults last November after a group of former and current graduate students complained the school had dragged its heels on responding to multiple allegations about a PhD candidate.
The university currently relies on a general discrimination and harassment policy, and a recent investigation into the students' allegations concluded that a lack of clarity around procedures led to the delayed response.
UBC has announced a separate panel made up of four professors and a graduate student, who will consult broadly with experts on its two campuses and prepare a report by May with recommendations for the policy committee.
The university is also working on a campus-wide prevention plan to reduce sexual assault, and is developing an action plan that it says will shape a respectful campus culture and improve policy and practice.
The 12 members of the policy committee are:
- Kimberley Beck -- Legal counsel, Office of the University Counsel, UBC Vancouver
- Sara-Jane Finlay -- Associate vice-president, Equity and Inclusion, UBC Vancouver
- Shannon Dunn -- Director of business operations, UBC Okanagan
- Tobias Friedel -- President, Graduate Students Society, UBC Vancouver
- Susan Frohlick -- Head of the Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
- Isabel Grant -- Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC Vancouver
- Daniel Heath Justice -- English professor, chair of First Nations Studies, UBC Vancouver
- Patricia Mirwaldt -- Director, Student Health Services, UBC Vancouver
- Linda McKnight -- Director, Human Resources Advisory Services, UBC Vancouver
- Jenna Omassi -- Vice-President of academic and university affairs, Alma Mater Society, UBC Vancouver
- Janice Robinson -- Director or residence life, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, UBC Vancouver
- Kimberly Rutledge -- UBC Students' Union Okanagan, UBC Okanagan