Background

In the Fall of 2016, Simon Fraser University launched a university-wide process to develop a sexual violence and misconduct policy. Throughout this process, students, faculty and staff were encouraged to provide input and feedback on the policy, including definitions, jurisdiction and how the policy would be operationalized. This process, spearheaded by the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee, came to a close on March 30, 2017 when the University’s Board of Governors approved SFU’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention, Education and Support Policy, GP 44 (view here).

Review Process

Lead by SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO), the review process involves connecting with members of the university community to provide them with opportunities to provide feedback on revisions needed to the policy. The review process was structured with two rounds of engagement opportunities. The first round took place in Fall 2019 and feedback was obtained through an online survey, emails, and in-person meetings with key stakeholders from the university community. In this phase, 22 representatives of key stakeholder groups engaged in this portion of the review process.

We are now engaging in the second round of the review process, which will take place over the month of January and seeks to elicit feedback on the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention, Education and Support policy as well as the proposed changes stemming out of the first round of the review process. We will be hosting closed sessions with student groups, and any staff, faculty and administrators interested in participating in an in-person session over the coming weeks.

To review the current proposed revised policy (view here)

To access SFU’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention, Education and Support, GP 44 (view here)

We have developed an online survey that will be open until Thursday January 30th, 2020 for all members of the university community to engage with to provide feedback. We encourage you to fill out the survey (view here) and provide us with your valuable input.

To view an outline of the review process which will take place between September 2019 and April 2020, you can download the GP 44 Review Process (view here).

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Shoak Alhussami sv_policy@sfu.ca or CJ Rowe at cj_rowe@sfu.ca.