In late 2015, a committee was established to develop a sexual assault policy for the University. In April, 2016, the Provincial Government passed legislation requiring all BC post-secondary institutions to establish and implement a sexual misconduct policy by May 18, 2017.
In February 2016, then-President Martha Piper appointed the UBC Sexual Assault Panel to undertake a review of sexual assault and make recommendations for University policy and practice. The panel report was released in June, 2016.
A draft policy was presented to the Board of Governors in June, 2016. Extensive consultation with the UBC community followed, resulting in over 160 written submissions that touched on all aspects of the draft policy, but focused on:
- the need for a central support office; and
- the need for a separate and distinct investigatory process.
In October 2016, as a comprehensive rewrite of the proposed policy began, President Santa J. Ono asked Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students to convene a Steering Committee on sexual assault to recognize and bring together the richness of work happening across UBC’s campuses around issues of sexual assault.
In late 2016, resources were approved for a central support office, and for a separate and distinct investigatory process.
Following a second round of consultation with the UBC community, Policy #131 – Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct was approved by the Board of Governors on April 13. The new policy takes effect May 18, 2017.