Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Policies
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Chaired by Professor Mayo Moran, the Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Policies was asked to advise Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr and Professor Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity, on principles and recommendations for a new stand-alone policy on sexual violence and provide general recommendations for revisions to existing University policies addressing sexual violence and sexual harassment. As well, the panel was asked to make recommendations regarding a companion document that will explain procedures related to the approved policies.
The Expert Panel conducted a number of consultations across the University of Toronto’s three campuses. The Expert Panel’s consultations have included in-person consultation days on each of the three campuses. During these consultation sessions, students, staff, and faculty were invited to provide feedback on the development of a sexual violence policy. The first consultation day was held at the University of Toronto Mississauga on June 8th, followed by June 9th at the St. George campus, and the University of Toronto Scarborough on June 16th. Each day consisted of three separate sessions, one each for students, staff, and faculty. The Panel also held a number of other meetings including with representative student committees.
The Panel has delivered its final report to Professors Regehr and Hildyard, who will be reviewing the recommendations and principles carefully in the coming days and begin the process of policy analysis and drafting, leading to the implementation of a new sexual violence policy by January 1, 2017, as required by provincial legislation (Bill 132).
The Panel has put forward 40 recommendations in six categories: General, Definitions, Confidentiality, Statement of Purpose, Elements, and the Companion Guide. The Panel’s full report can be downloaded from the Provost's site.
The University will continue to consult extensively throughout the Fall semester, providing students, faculty, and staff with numerous opportunities to give input on the draft policy. Information about consultation sessions will be posted online. We will also continue to update the Provost’s website and the Human Resources and Equity website as the process advances.
The Panel has received a great deal of thoughtful input and is thankful to the many voices who contributed to these discussions, both online and in-person.
On behalf of the University, Professors Regehr and Hildyard thank the members of the Expert Panel for their commitment and service to our institution. Their considered advice will help steer policy development in this complex and important area.
Mayo Moran (Chair), Professor, Faculty of Law, and Provost, Trinity College
Saagarika Coleman (Undergraduate Student), Victoria College, Faculty of Arts & Science
Lahoma Thomas (Graduate Student), Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts & Science
Mark Overton (Administrative Staff Member), Dean of Student Affairs, and Assistant Principal, Student Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
Brenda Cossman (Faculty Member), Professor, Faculty of Law, and Director, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Related Information & Documents
- Recommendations of the Expert Panel on Sexual Violence Policies (August 2016)
- Panel Mandate & Process
- Panel Members’ Biographies
- Background Document (May 2016)
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