Letter: Sexual Violence Policy criticism warrants changes now

Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy is a product of the provincial government passing Bill 132 in 2016. The Bill outlines that all Ontario universities who receive public funding are required to develop a sexual violence policy that outlines resources available to survivors, the reporting process, and requires input from the students as well as revision at least once every three years. Although Carleton University presented many drafts of the policy and consulted with both students and staff over the policy, it was evident that it was a rush for Carleton to establish a cohesive and competent sexual assault policy by the January 2017 deadline. On Dec. 1, 2016, however, the policy was presented to and passed by the Board of Governors. […]

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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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