U of Manitoba seeks feedback on sexual harassment policy
Message from university president follows CBC investigation into allegations against former prof Steve Kirby
The University of Manitoba is asking students and staff for feedback on its sexual harassment and work environment policies after sexual harassment allegations against a professor came to light this week.
On Wednesday, a CBC I-Team investigation revealed that jazz professor Steve Kirby had left the university after an internal investigation report found he repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments and unwanted sexual contact with a female student.
- CBC INVESTIGATES: Female students allege sexual misconduct against former U of Manitoba jazz prof Steve Kirby
The student was critical of the university and said she was "angry" over how the internal investigation into her allegations was handled, saying it didn't do enough to create a safe environment for female students.
U of M executive director of public affairs John Danakas said the message references both the university's Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy and its Sexual Assault Policy
"As has occurred recently, the effectiveness of our policies will attract scrutiny," Barnard wrote, adding that he could not speak to specific cases.
"Feedback from individuals involved directly in incidents, especially feedback from complainants, is always valued and will inform revisions, which will be undertaken every three years," he wrote.
Barnard ended the message by stating that during Homecoming Week celebrations, it's also important to "remind ourselves of our pledge to build a community together ... assured of our safety, inclusion and respect."
- CBC INVESTIGATES: Berklee College puts Steve Kirby on leave after allegations of sexual harassment at U of Manitoba
On Thursday, the U.S. college Kirby now works for said he has been placed on leave while it conducts its own investigation.
CBC has not been able to reach Kirby for comment.
With files from Vera-Lynn Kubinec