Proposed changes to UBC student union sexual violence policy draws criticism


A series of proposed changes to the University of British Columbia’s student union’s sexual violence policy has sparked criticism from students and national advocacy groups, reports CBC. Changes proposed by UBC’s Alma Mater Society (AMS) included allowing the society to take “corrective action” against individuals who make false allegations and reducing the frequency of automatic policy reviews. Advocates from Students for Consent Culture Canada (SFCC) argue that this draft policy is a “step backwards” and contend that it could cause harm to survivors and discourage them from reporting their experiences. Following this criticism, AMS voted to temporarily defer the proposed changes.