Student criticizes Sexual Violence Policy

Brittany Galler, a Carleton student and the vice-president (programming) at the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), is criticizing the university’s handling of sexual violence cases after she alleged she was sexually assaulted. Galler, a second-year law and legal studies student, is calling for Carleton to create a clear traumatic experience academic accommodation policy, and for more funding to be allocated to off-campus counselling services, something she said would have benefitted her while suffering from the effects of being allegedly sexually assaulted in her residence room this summer. “It was very late at night, after a couple of us had gone out to the mall that evening. I wasn’t exactly coherent at the time. But when I woke up the next morning, I […]

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CUSA council approves 2017-18 budget

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council passed its 2017-18 budget and voted to link sexual violence prevention training to clubs and societies’ funding for the academic year at an Aug. 31 meeting. Our Turn Carleton, a sexual violence prevention taskforce spearheaded by the Graduate Students’ Association and CUSA, brought the motion to council after a previous motion to tie clubs and societies’ summer funding to sexual violence prevention training passed unanimously at a June 19 meeting. The proposal states that in order for clubs and societies to receive their full annual funding, at least five members of each group must receive training. Groups who do not meet this training requirement would only receive half of their funding after the […]

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Consent Team educates new students

Every fall, incoming first-year Carleton students are presented with information they need to adjust to university. On Sept. 2—the first day of Fall Orientation—students and parents met the “Consent Team,” a new initiative to fuel a conversation about consent and sexual violence on campus. The team was championed by Kelsey Gilchrist, the co-chair of Our Turn Carleton, a student-led sexual violence prevention initiative. The idea then received additional support from Equity Services and the Student Experience Office. According to Jenna Lambert, the program co-ordinator of Sexual Assault Support Services at Equity Services, the team is made up of 16 student volunteers. Lambert said in an email that the team aims to inform students and their parents about campus resources and […]

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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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