Legislation will force institutions to report incidents on a regular basis and review their policies at least once every three years.
British Columbia is the latest province to introduce legislation requiring universities to have sexual misconduct policies in the wake of allegations that schools are failing survivors of campus violence.
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson introduced legislation today which will force post secondary school campuses to establish sexual misconduct policies.
It was first introduced in March by Green Party leader, Andrew Weaver who supports the government’s amendments to his bill.
“It included things like dealing with the distribution of images on Facebook and electronically which was not in the original version that I put forth.”
Wilkinson says the law will ensure the safety of students on campus.
“The idea is to make sure that every young person on campus in particular young women who may be the victims of sexual assault know that they can report it, that they will be safe if they report it, and that they
get the assistance that they are requesting when they report it.”
The move is being lauded by women’s groups as a way to make campuses safer and more responsive to the needs of victims.
The Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act requires every public post secondary school to develop a sexual misconduct policy.
MLA Andrew Weaver introduced the private members bill after a number of reported sex assaults on BC university campuses, including the University of Victoria.
Weaver says it was a collaborative effort and he supports several amendments.