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

British Columbia’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act (2016) (view here) requires all post-secondary institutions within the province to review their policies every 3 years. March 30th, 2020 marks the 3-year anniversary of the implementation of SFU’s policy. The intention of the review is to look for opportunities to strengthen language based on proposals from the University Community and on research that explores the best practices in sexual violence and misconduct policies from across the country. The policy review is designed to strengthen the policy’s approach to addressing and preventing sexual violence and misconduct in our communities.

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).

To participate in the consultation process you can complete the survey through this online submission form (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.