Okanagan College considering sexual violence policy
By John McDonald
(STEVE ARSTAD / iNFOnews.ca)
June 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM
OKANAGAN - Okanagan College is considering a new policy governing sexual violence and misconduct.
A year in the making, it was developed on advice in 2015 from the college's director of legal affairs and policy development.
In a submission to the college’s board of governors, president Jim Hamilton is recommending the policy, developed by a cross-institutional committee, be adopted.
The report by regional dean Jane Lister and Donna Olson, director of legal affairs, notes the rising concern about sexual violence at post-secondary institutions across the country.
"News reports from across Canada inidicated that sexual misconduct on college and university campuses was a serious concern and Okanagan College’s early response and activities have demonstrated leadership in this area,” the report says.
Provincial legislation passed earlier this spring requires all post-secondary institutions in the province to have such a policy in place by May 2017.
The board is also considering changes to its bullying and harassment policy which would make its complaint procedure the standard protocol for sexual misconduct complaints.
The Okanagan College board of governors will consider the sexual violance and misconduct policy at its public meeting, 1 p.m, Tuesday, June 28, at the college’s Penticton campus, room PC204, 583 Duncan Ave. West.
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