Editorial: Our Turn shows students’ dissatisfaction with SVP

While Carleton’s sexual violence policy may have been passed by the Board of Governors (BoG) in December 2016, the controversy and debate it has created have far from subsided. Our Turn Carleton, a student-led taskforce seeking to implement programs to address sexual violence at Carleton, has worked to develop what they see as a more suitable solution by creating their own sexual violence prevention and support programs. While former Carleton president Roseann Runte said the sexual violence policy passed by the BoG “received strong student support,” Our Turn Carleton organizer Caitlin Salvino said her group continues to speak out against the policy because its creation and implementation “was primarily led by members of the university administration.” The fact that students […]

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Our Turn steps up to stop sexual violence

Student groups are coming together to fight sexual violence at Carleton by drafting a new sexual violence framework. Our Turn Carleton—led by the Carleton Human Rights Society, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)—was formed following a survey email in May and consultations asking students about sexual violence on campus. Representatives of Our Turn Carleton kicked off the initiative after CUSA and the GSA began searching for an alternative to the current Sexual Violence Policy in March. According to Caitlin Salvino, co-chair of Our Turn Carleton, the university’s Sexual Violence Policy was not “survivor-centric” enough and failed to thoroughly consult students. Our Turn Carleton was formed and leaders drafted three goals for a new framework: eliminate […]

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Not Our Policy demonstrators host rally on campus

Not Our Policy demonstrators held a rally March 2 and hung a banner in front of the Carleton University sign on Bronson Avenue, in spite of a confrontation with Campus Safety two weeks prior. Three students attempting to put a banner up in the same spot were approached and told they were violating mischief and vandalism laws by Campus Safety officers on Feb. 16. They were also told they could be charged criminally for their actions. The March 2 rally was held to express solidarity with the campaigners who were approached on Feb. 16, and to demonstrate that Not Our Policy will press on with their campaign, according to organizer Caitlin Salvino. Not Our Policy is a campaign which supports […]

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CUSA forms sexual violence support committee

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has announced they will be creating a Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Framework Committee to deal with gaps they feel exist in the university’s sexual violence policy. Caitlin Salvino, chair of the committee, said the focus will be to change the culture on campus regarding how people understand sexual violence. CUSA president Fahd Alhattab said the committee was created to respond to student reaction to the sexual violence policy. “Obviously, we know many students were not happy with the final draft . . . Many students wanted some changes,” he said. In an email to students, CUSA said, “We are disappointed by the administration’s unwillingness to reform the university’s Sexual Violence Policy to be […]

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Students respond to Sexual Violence Policy

A second open letter has been released to push for reforms to the university’s recently implemented sexual violence policy (SVP). Sally Johnson, one of the leaders of the Not Our Policy campaign, said the open letter was written to address existing issues with the policy that the Board of Governors (BoG) approved on Dec. 1. “There were some changes that were made and we were really happy about that,” Johnson said. “But I think definitely—through talking to other groups—[the administration] missed a lot of things and they missed some things even from our [initial] recommendations.” A letter was previously written by the Carleton Human Rights Society in November, during the feedback period before the SVP was voted on by the […]

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