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University of Regina introduces new Sexual Violence/Misconduct Policy

News Release Release Date: May 13, 2019 3:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the launch of Sexual Assault Awareness Week in Saskatchewan, the University of Regina is pleased to announce the implementation of a new Sexual Violence/Misconduct Policy.

The University of Regina is committed to creating a safe and healthy working and learning environment that is free from sexual violence or misconduct. During the past several years, the University has worked to strengthen resources for preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors through the Sexual Assault and Violence Policy which was implemented in September, 2015.

The University’s Task Force on the Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence launched a review process in January, 2018, conducting comprehensive research into current “best practices” and engaging the campus community to solicit feedback and suggestions on renewing and updating the policy.

As a result, the University of Regina’s Sexual Violence/Misconduct Policy replaces the Sexual Assault and Violence Policy. It is designed to educate the campus community; reduce the risk of incidents of sexual violence/misconduct; and respond fairly to disclosures and reports.

“The new policy still focuses on the prevention of sexual violence and misconduct within our campus community, but it also sets out improved processes for a supportive, fair and effective response when it does occur,” says david Gregory, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and chair of the task force that developed the new policy.

The Sexual Violence/Misconduct Policy was approved by the University’s Board of Governors last week and is now fully in effect. Among its many provisions, the policy:

  • applies to students, staff, faculty, administration, contractors and visitors to campus; but is not restricted to on-campus incidents
  • ensures that those who disclose/report are supported and treated with compassion, dignity and respectallows for culturally relevant, alternate-resolution processes i.e. traditional Indigenous-centred approaches
  • ensures procedural fairness for both complainants and respondents
  • outlines specific and detailed processes regarding institutional responses to disclosures and reports
  • promotes education and awareness among the campus community

“The Sexual Violence/Misconduct policy is a commitment by the University to create a culture of consent,” says Lynn Thera, the University’s Sexual Violence, Prevention and Response Coordinator. “It clearly identifies resources, outlines processes, supports survivors and sends a clear message that sexualized violence will not be tolerated in the University community.”

The full policy can be accessed here: https://www.uregina.ca/policy/browse-policy/policy-GOV-100-018.html

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To arrange an interview with david Gregory, Dean of Nursing and author of the Sexual Violence/Misconduct Policy and/or Lynn Thera, Sexual Violence, Prevention and Response Coordinator, please reach out to the listed contact.
***NOTE*** Dr. Gregory is only available after 3:30 p.m. today or after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

About The University of Regina
The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 15,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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