Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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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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BoG discusses sexual violence policy, neuroscience eviction at latest meeting

UPDATE: The Student Union Building referendum failed to pass on Dec. 8.  Carleton’s new Sexual Violence Policy (SVP) was approved at Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on Dec 1. Three of the four student representatives on the board voted against the policy. The countdown to the meeting was one that had been running for months: it was the day the board would finally vote on Carleton’s draft sexual violence policy, amongst other motions. Protestors gathered outside Richcraft Hall with signs half an hour before the meeting, armed with chants such as “Hey hey, ho ho, this draft has got to go,” and stayed for the first part of the meeting. The meeting began with a moment of silence for […]

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Students rally for Sexual Violence Policy updates

Stakeholders from the Carleton community held a rally on Nov. 29 in the University Centre Atrium to push for more updates to Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy (SVP). This comes ahead of the Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on Dec. 1, where the board will vote to approve or reject the policy. The deadline to pass the policy is Jan. 1, as set by the Ontario government. The event was held jointly by the Human Rights Society, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600. “[We’re] looking to have people know what’s going on, and what’s gone on with this policy process […]

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