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 Policy 131 – Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct comes into effect May 18, 2017. With the introduction of this policy, UBC is establishing a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office on each campus, which will be 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/misconduct. These Offices will provide a broad range of individualized support, from coordinating accommodations and responding to immediate needs, making referrals to counselling services to providing clarity on options and processes for formalizing complaints into reports for investigation.
Until the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office is fully operational at the Vancouver Campus later this year, the duties of this office are being carried out by the team of Counsellors at Peak Resilience, who all have experience supporting survivors of sexual violence.
On the Okanagan Campus, these services will be provided by the Health and Wellness Office.
Support for all Vancouver Campus Community Members
If you have experienced sexual assault or misconduct or know someone who has and are seeking support, please contact:
A member of the Peak Resilience team will reply to your confidential message within 24-hours. They will respond to your immediate needs and work with you on:
- Listening and providing support
- Taking your disclosure
- Coordinating accommodations (academic, accommodations, emergency housing, financial aid)
- Referrals to UBC Counselling Services, UBC Student Health Service and the UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program
- Referrals for external support organizations
- Providing information about confidentiality
- Options and processes for reporting an incident
Members of the UBC Community who have received a disclosure of sexual assault or misconduct, witnessed sexual assault or misconduct or are supporting someone who has experienced sexual assault or misconduct can also contact Peak Resilience for support.
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 email@example.com
Reporting for all UBC Community Members
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. While UBC searches for a permanent Director of Investigations, these services will be provided by an Interim Director of Investigations, Stephanie Vellins, a lawyer who has familiarity with investigations at UBC.
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 Stephanie Vellins, Partner, Harris & Company:
- by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or,
- through the Office of University Counsel at 604-822-1897
The Interim Director of Investigations will conduct an initial review to determine if UBC has jurisdiction to investigate. If it is determined that UBC has jurisdiction, the Interim 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.
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.