Quebec university unveils new policy banning teacher-student relationships
Laval University north entrance, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Quebec City. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:26PM EDT
MONTREAL -- A Quebec City university is unrolling a new sexual violence policy that includes a ban on intimate relationships between teachers and their students.
Universite Laval's policy also includes the creation of a centre dedicated to preventing sexual violence and mandatory training for students, teachers and staff.
The measures announced Friday conform to new provincial legislation that requires all schools to have a sexual violence policy in place by Sept. 2019.
The university was thrown into the spotlight in late 2016 when a string of break-ins and sexual assaults in one of its residences led to calls to action and a vigil in support of the victims.
A former student eventually pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2017, a study conducted by the university found that four out of 10 students reported having experienced sexual violence, with most incidents occurring at a party or social event.
Universite Laval says in a news release that relationships between students and staff will not be banned in cases where there is no professional or teaching relationship between the two.