University sex assault policies average C- in analysis by nationwide student group
CBC Toronto's ongoing Sex Assault on Campus series examines how university policies affect survivors
Universities are getting mixed grades when it comes to how they deal with sexual violence on campus, according to the members of Our Turn, a student group that's analyzed more than a dozen provincially mandated sexual assault policies across the country.
The analysis comes after the Ontario government mandated that all post-secondary institutions create standalone sexual violence policies by January 2017. Despite the move, many people don't think the policies go far enough.
20 student unions
Aside from the scores, Our Turn unites 20 student unions from eight provinces across Canada, all pledging to support survivors of sexual assault by creating task forces and leading advocacy on campus to improve the policies.
"The fact that [U of T scored] a C shows there's a lot of work to do," said Chimwemwe Alao, vice-president of equity with UTSU. "It's being reinforced by what we're hearing on the ground from students personally."
"We have to listen to students and gauge what they're saying," she said. "We've had a number of students across the country who identify very similar problems."
Terry McQuaid, executive director of personal safety, high risk and sexual violence prevention and support at the University of Toronto, told CBC Toronto the school knows it can "do better" and "we're always open to the feedback."
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