Bylaws and Policies

Political Policy Sexual Violence

Expires: April 30, 2020

1 Facts

  1. Sexual violence impacts University of Alberta students.
  2. People of all demographics are at risk of sexual violence.
  3. On a national average, some demographics experience disproportionately high rates of sexual violence. These groups include women, LGBTQ people, people of colour, Indigenous people, immigrants and newcomers to Canada, and people with disabilities.
  4. Demographics who experience higher rates of sexual violence often encounter unwanted sexual attention while on University property, such as at University gym facilities and residences.
  5. Research shows that the majority of Canadians do not have a clear understanding of sexual consent.
  6. Alcohol consumption is often used as an illegitimate excuse to justify acts of sexual violence.
  7. Sexual violence can have severe mental, emotional, and physical impacts on survivors and their communities.
  8. Contemporary societies accept myths and stereotypes about sexual violence. Furthermore, common attitudes, norms, and practices often tolerate, normalize, excuse, or condone sexual violence.
  9. Students are primary stakeholders in the prevention of campus sexual violence and must be adequately consulted when the University makes decisions on sexual violence prevention and process management.
  10. Information on how to report instances of sexual violence should be more readily available.
  11. Not all survivors choose to report an instance of sexual violence or move forward with any sort of formal process. The way a survivor chooses to proceed is at their discretion, and a variety of supports should be available to them regardless of their decision.

2 Resolutions

  1. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta create an intersectional, comprehensive, survivor-centred institutional policy on sexual violence.
  2. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta thoroughly consult students, including the Students’ Union, when changes are being made regarding University policy on sexual violence.
  3. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta specifically consult interest groups of individuals who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence when making decisions surrounding campus sexual violence.
  4. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta be transparent in releasing periodical and timely information and statistics about campus sexual violence.
  5. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta make information on how to report instances of sexual violence easily accessible and widely distributed across University of Alberta campuses, including but not limited to residences, gyms, sororities, and fraternities.
  6. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta provides sufficient funding to improve sexual assault support services across campuses.
  7. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta respect the difference between a disclosure of sexual violence and a formal complaint.
  8. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta provide mental and physical support to students regardless of whether or not the survivor chooses to report.
  9. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta provide academic and housing accommodation to students regardless of whether or not the survivor chooses to report.
  10. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta provide guidance to students who choose to report throughout the entire reporting process.
  11. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta educates students, staff, and faculty on conduct that could be considered unwanted sexual attention, including users of gym facilities.
  12. The Students’ Union will advocate that Residence Services develop a framework to prevent and manage instances of sexual violence in residences.
  13. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta educates the student body on alcohol and its potential to be used as a tool to commit acts of sexual violence.
  14. The Students’ Union will advocate that the University of Alberta provides restorative justice as an option on a case-by-case basis with the fully informed consent of the survivor.