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Give Your Feedback on Policy 42 - Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence

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Richard Wu
Feds President
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:15

Written by Feds President Richard Wu.

Your feedback is requested on the proposed new Policy 42 (Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence) and its associated protocol and procedures. The current versions of these documents may be found online: policy and protocol and procedures.

The proposed revisions are a result of ongoing work by the University to improve the existing documents, particularly in light of experience gained since they were implemented in 2017. A committee was formed with representation from both undergraduate and graduate students in addition to University representation with a view to considering and effecting such changes.

At this time, the committee seeks feedback on the proposed new policy and procedures. 

  • Of note, the committee recognized the need for a separation of duties with respect to support for complainants and respondents, the need to expand the jurisdiction to University activities which occur outside of the campus, and the need to articulate in policy the University’s (already existing) commitment to a sexual violence prevention framework.
  • Further, the protocol and procedures have been clarified to offer more concrete detail as to what happens when a complaint is raised, what an investigation may entail, and dispute resolution options.
  • In addition to general feedback, the committee seeks input from the student community on the question as to the title of the “Sexual Violence Response Coordinator” or, SVRC. It is important to identify a meaningful title for this position which resonates with the community, but ensures that all members of the community recognize and understand the role of this individual. That is, this role is held by persons trained to understand and support individuals affected by sexual violence, or any sexual misconduct. They are a central resource for the whole community in providing guidance on where to find support, and navigate University procedures and rules. The committee recognizes that the current title may dissuade individuals from seeking assistance from the SVRC (particularly where they may not feel as though their situation was “violent”), but it also recognizes that there is value in maintaining a clear title which acknowledges the seriousness of these matters. Individuals are asked to weigh in on these considerations and, in particular, offer potential alternatives to this title.
  • Members of the University community are asked to provide comments to comment@feds.ca by 3 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019, at which point all feedback will be forwarded to the University Secretary.

Thank you so much for your time and energy, and I look forward to your feedback on these policies. If you have any questions that you would like addressed prior to submitting your feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to Karen Jack, the University Secretary, at kjjack@uwaterloo.ca.

Kind regards,

Richard Wu
President
Federation of Students, University of Waterloo
519-888-4567 ext. 32478
SLC 1103, Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo