Sexual assault is any form of sexual touching or the threat of sexual touching without the individual’s consent. Sexual assault is a crime and never the fault of the survivor.

UBC strives to maintain a respectful environment where its members can study, work and live free from sexual misconduct. In support of this, the University has a Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy #131), which:

  • sets out the principles the University will adhere to with regard to sexual misconduct,
  • articulates conduct expectations for all members of the UBC community; and,
  • outlines the process the University will follow when responding to and investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.

Learn more about Policy #131 and recent updates on implementation of the policy.

Get Support

If you have been sexually assaulted or have experienced sexual misconduct, know that it is not your fault. UBC offers options for a safe and supportive environment to access help and learn about the resources and choices available to you.

Support for Vancouver campus students, faculty and staff

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office is a single point of contact and liaison for UBC students, faculty and staff who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other form of sexual violence or misconduct.

Until the Vancouver campus office is operational in mid-October, the duties of this office are being carried out by Ashley Bentley, UBC’s Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Advisor. Peak Resilience, a counselling practice in Vancouver with expertise in supporting survivors of sexual violence, and the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office continue to provide additional support.

If you have experienced a sexual assault the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) can provide confidential personal support, facilitate referrals to campus and community resources, and identify and coordinate appropriate accommodations. This office can also provide information on reporting options and support through the reporting process.

If you are supporting a survivor, the SVPRO can also provide information and support to you in this role.

The SVPRO is located in the C.K. Choi Building, and you can drop by during office hours or schedule an appointment by phone or email.

  • Phone: 604.822.1588
  • Email: sexual.violence@ubc.ca
  • In-person: C.K. Choi Building, Room 184, 1855 West Mall
  • Hours of operation: 9:00am – 5:00pm M, T, Th, F / 9:00am – 3:00pm W
  • Drop-in hours: 10:00am – 1:00pm M,W,F / 2:00pm – 4:00pm T, Th

AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)

The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre provides crisis- and short-term emotional support, hospital or other appointment accompaniment, referrals to on- or off-campus services, and support groups for UBC students, faculty and staff.

SASC is conveniently located in the NEST, and you can drop by during centre hours or schedule an appointment by phone or email.

UBC Counselling Services

UBC students can also drop in to Counselling Services for support with immediate needs and connections to other resources as needed.

 

If you have experienced harassment and discrimination or know someone who has and are seeking support, please contact the Equity & Inclusion Office at 604.822.6353 or info@equity.ubc.ca

For those working or studying at the Okanagan campus, please contact the Health and Wellness Office.

Submit a Report

Reporting for all UBC Community Members (all campuses, learning and research sites)

Reports of sexual assault or misconduct against a member of the UBC community, must be submitted to the Director of Investigations, who will do an initial review to determine whether the allegations fall within UBC’s jurisdiction to investigate, and if so, will appoint an investigator to investigate or refer the matter to an alternative resolution process.

Anyone directly subjected to sexual assault or misconduct, including an individual who is not a member of the UBC community, can make a report against a member of the UBC Community under Policy 131.

If you wish to submit a report, you can contact Myrna McCallum, Director of Investigations:

Once you have contacted the Director of Investigations, she will conduct an initial review to determine if UBC has jurisdiction to investigate. If it is determined that UBC has jurisdiction, the Director of Investigations will follow the review and investigations procedures outlined in Sections 3 and 4 of Policy 131.

Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct is any sexual act or act targeting an individual’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against an individual without that individual’s consent. Examples of Sexual Misconduct include the following:

  • Sexual assault, which is any form of sexual touching or the threat of sexual touching without the individual’s consent;
  • Sexual harassment, which is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that detrimentally affects the working, learning, or living environment, or leads to adverse consequences for the one directly subjected to the harassment;
  • Stalking, which is engaging in conduct that causes an individual to fear for their physical or psychological safety, such as repeatedly following or communicating through any means with someone, engaging in threatening conduct, or keeping watch over the place where the individual happens to be;
  • Indecent exposure, which is exposing one’s body to another individual for a sexual purpose or coercing another individual to remove their clothing in order to expose their body, without their Consent;
  • Voyeurism, which is non-consensual viewing, photographing, or otherwise recording another individual in a location where there is an expectation of privacy and where the viewing, photographing or recording is done for a sexual purpose; and
  • The distribution of a sexually explicit photograph or recording of an individual to one or more individuals other than the individual in the photograph or recording without the consent of the individual in the photograph or recording.

Consent

Is freely given and can be revoked at any time. 

  • Consent cannot be:
    • assumed or implied from silence or the absence of ‘no.‘ There is no consent if the person doesn’t reply.
    • given if a person is affected by alcohol or drugs, or is unconscious. There is no consent if someone is impaired, incapacitated, asleep, or passed out.
    • obtained through threats or coercion. There is no consent if the person is manipulated, pressured, or threatened.
    • obtained if someone abuses a position of trust, power, or authority. There is no consent if someone uses a position of power or authority to get someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity.
  • Is revocable at any time. Consent does not exist if someone has said ‘yes,’ but then says ‘no’ later with words or body language.
  • Does not exist if someone has said ‘no’ with words or body language.

Learn more and check-out UBC’s Consent is Clear campaign.