Student leaders develop call to action to address sexual violence on campus

Student leaders from across Canada have made a 10-point call to action to address sexual violence on campus as students enter the school year. “Our Campus, Our Safety” was developed by students from 20 different postsecondary institutions and national organizations. The document provides a variety of recommendations to address sexual violence, including mandatory sexual violence prevention training for students, re-examination of complaint procedures and academic accommodations, and regular provincial surveys that gauge campus climate. It focuses on involving students in designing and implementing strategies to reduce sexual violence on campus. Memorial University student and report contributor Isabel Ojeda said that it is particularly crucial for institutions to have programming in place for the start of the school year. “The first eight weeks are the most vulnerable time for students because it’s a big transition period and because folks are moving into residence and because of the culture that comes out of welcome week’s different orientation activities,” said Ojeda. The Star (Acct. Req.)| Radio Canada (FR) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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