Capilano University strengthens its support for survivors of sexual violence and misconduct
NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University’s Board of Governors recently approved a Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy in accordance with provincial legislation.
A president’s advisory committee on sexual violence and misconduct developed the policy with the help of a student representative. The Ending Violence Association of B.C. (EVA) trained committee members on the realities of sexual violence, disclosure and helpful responses. EVA also provided input and feedback on the policy and procedures alongside members of the broader campus community.
EVA has begun training first responders on campus, or those who’ve been identified as having a higher likelihood of responding to and supporting students and employees impacted by sexual violence.
“We are committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment,” says Capilano University President Paul Dangerfield. “We will treat survivors of sexual violence and misconduct with compassion and respect and make sure they get the support they need.”
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 99 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 10,500 students each year, 8,200 in for-credit programs and 2,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
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Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi