UBC is committed to supporting the wellbeing of all members of our community. The University recognizes that sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct are significant issues on our campus and in universities across Canada.
For members of our community who have experienced sexual assault, the University is committed to providing compassionate, non-judgemental, and respectful support including access to information and support services, and provision of academic or work-related accommodations and safety planning. With the introduction of Policy #131 – Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct, 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 or any other form of sexual misconduct.
If you have experienced sexual assault or any other form of sexual misconduct, have received a disclosure of sexual misconduct, witnessed sexual misconduct or are supporting someone who has experienced sexual misconduct, you can seek individualized information, advice and assistance through the interim Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office.
Education and Culture
UBC Sexual Assault Intervention and Prevention Education
Raising awareness of issues related to sexual violence, promoting healthy and respectful relationships, and fostering individual and collective action against violence are critical to developing a safe and respectful culture at UBC and beyond.
At UBC we have a Sexual Assault Prevention Team (SAPT) which advises on approaches to sexual violence prevention and education through ongoing consultation with the campus community and campus experts. The SAPT is made up of a diverse committee of key stakeholders across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campus. The SAPT has created a comprehensive education plan including an evidence based approach to developing sexual assault education.
The goals and intended actions of the education plan are to:
- Reduce the incidence of sexual assault by promoting a culture of bystander intervention
- Promote healthy and respectful relationships including understanding consent, sex positivity, how to set boundaries and assertiveness skill development
- Support the implementation of the University’s Sexual Assault Protocol and upcoming policy
- Build the capacity of staff, faculty and student leaders to respond appropriately to a disclosure of sexual assault
- Create a safer and respectful campus environment
For further information on the sexual assault education plan please contact Patty Hambler firstname.lastname@example.org