"Sexual violence on University campuses, or anywhere for that matter, is simply not acceptable. An open, honest and compassionate conversation must continue to take place in order to combat the effects of sexual violence." – UNBC President Daniel Weeks, Sept. 26, 2016.
UNBC is committed to bringing together students, faculty, staff, and community members to assess the occurrence and implications of sexual violence and misconduct within the student body. The UNBC Steering Committee on Sexual Violence has spent the past five months conducting research, interacting with other institutions, and developing and implementing a comprehensive consultation process at UNBC.
UNBC is taking steps to ensure a healthier and safer environment for the UNBC community. To support this, the Committee has collaborated to publish the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Sexual Violence and Misconduct Response Procedures.
The Response and Support Team for Sexual Violence and Misconduct at the University of Northern British Columbia (RST) is led by Barb Daigle, the Interim Vice-President, Finance, People and Business Operations and consists of highly trained members of the University Community who have been selected based on their experience. In order to support the RST, the University has a group of internal and external experts to ensure support is provided to a Survivor/Person affected by a case of Sexual Violence and Misconduct.
The RST will respond to Reports of Sexual Violence and Misconduct according to the Policy. The RST has been mandated to ensure Reports of Sexual Violence and Misconduct are investigated and handled in a manner that supports all individuals involved and address the situation by conducting fair investigations and providing proper support.
In a case of Disclosure, the RST can/will be able to assist the Survivor/Person affected by Sexual Violence or Misconduct and the person who received the disclosure in a confidential manner by ensuring proper support is provided.
If you are a Survivor/Person affected by Sexual Violence or Misconduct, please contact one of the following members of the RST for assistance:
Director, Safety and Security
Director, Student Affairs
Director, Human Resources
Report – a formal Report made by a Member of the University Community to the Response and Support Team of an incident of Sexual Violence and/or Misconduct with the intention of initiating an investigation process.
Disclosure – a person chooses to share information with another person about an instance of Sexual Violence or Misconduct. A Disclosure does not initiate an investigation unless a Report is made or any of the following conditions exist:
- An individual is deemed to be at imminent risk of self-harm;
- An individual is deemed to be at imminent risk of harming others;
- Reporting is required by law.