Safe Campus

2016 Policy Consultation

Western University recognizes the value of community input in the review of the University’s Policy on Sexual Violence. The community consultation process was jointly developed by Western University, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) and the University Students’ Council (USC). The goal was to ensure diverse voices within the University community had the opportunity to provide input on the update of Western’s Policy on Sexual Violence.

Background

Recent legislation stipulates that each university and college "shall ensure that student input is considered, in accordance with any regulations put forth by the Ministry, in the development of its sexual violence policy and every time the policy is reviewed or amended".

Regulations from the Ministry of Training Colleges and University Act directs that in development and approval of a sexual violence policy universities shall:

(a) establish a process, in consultation with representatives of the college's or university's elected student governing bodies, for the provision and consideration of input from a diverse selection of students regarding the college’s or university’s sexual violence policy.

Sexual Violence Policy Working Group

The Sexual Violence Policy Working Group (SVPWG) was tasked with leading the review and revision of Western’s Policy on Sexual Violence. This involved coordinating the various aspect of the community consultation process.

Members of the SVPWG include:

Sexual Violence Policy Review Consultation Process

The consultation process involved the following:

1. Consultation Questionnaire

2. Student Focus Groups

3. Student Council Recommendations to the Sexual Violence Policy Working Group

4. Community Feedback on Updated Policy